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New Orleans mayor issues statement on Charleston church mass shooting

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (FOX 8 file photo) New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (FOX 8 file photo)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a statement Thursday morning following the mass shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church.

The statement reads:

“The fatal shooting of nine people in a Charleston church bible study class is both tragic and sad. This heinous, hateful and cowardly act has no place in our society, and I encourage the entire country to unite in condemning this action and come together to conquer this type of hate in America. I and the people of New Orleans send our thoughts and deepest prayers to the friends and families of those who were killed and to the people of Charleston during this very difficult time.”

Nine people were killed, including South Carolina State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, following the mass shooting late Wednesday night at Emanuel AME Church.

The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, is still at large. Police say Roof stayed for nearly an hour at the prayer meeting Wednesday night before shooting the victims - six females and three males, Mullen said. The names of the victims have not been released pending family notification.

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