U.S. to investigate South Carolina church shooting as hate crime

U.S. to investigate South Carolina church shooting as hate crime
A suspect which police are searching for in connection with the shooting of several people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina is seen in a still image from CCTV footage released by the Charleston Police Department June 18, 2015.

WASHINGTON - Federal authorities plan to investigate the shooting at Charleston, South Carolina church that left nine dead as a hate crime, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday.

The probe, which involves the department's Civil Rights Division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in South Carolina, will be "parallel to and cooperative with the state's investigation," the department said in a statement.

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