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Charleston 'Active Shooter' Turns Into Hostage Situation In Packed Restaurant

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UPDATE 3:30 P.M. EST: According to Mayor Tecklenburg, the situation is over.

In a press conference following the resolution of the hostage situation, the Mayor confirmed the shooter was a fired employee. One person was shot and killed before the shooter took at least one hostage upstairs after the majority of the occupants left the restaurant.

Police eventually shot the assailant, who is now in critical condition.

We're glad this is all over without further loss of life, but sending love to the victim's family.


Charleston police are currently involved in what's being called an "active shooter situation."

According to local paper The Post And Courier, the gunman shot and wounded at least one person and still has hostages after taking over a downtown restaurant with a gun.

Mayor John Tecklenburg says the situation is "not an act of terrorism":

"This was not a hate crime. This was a disgruntled employee."

Local witnesses say an older man wearing a kitchen apron entered Virginia's brandishing a revolver and said:

"I am the new king of Charleston."

He then directed customers to the back, where they filed out of the restaurant then gave police their accounts.

SWAT officers currently have the building surrounded.

This an ongoing story, so check back for the latest.

[Image via CNN.]

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Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Says He'll Do Nothing To Prevent Getting Sentenced To The Death Penalty

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It's been two weeks since Dylann Roof was found guilty on all charges against him after murdering nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, and yet the case continues to cause confusion.

That's because at his South Carolina hearing on Wednesday, the 22-year-old white supremacist made it clear to the court he has no intention of challenging his death penalty ruling!

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Essentially, Dylann — who is notoriously representing himself — told U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel that he does not plan on using evidence or any witnesses to help his case. Instead, his only request was that prosecutors not be allowed to use some of their evidence against him, although it's currently unclear exactly what he was referring to.

With that said, Dylann has until opening statements next Tuesday to reappoint his attorney(s)… but it's sounding like he may actually want the death penalty at this point.

Why else would he be actively sabotaging his own arguments??

Regardless, we just hope the nine innocent victims and their families get justice in the end.

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Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Found Guilty Of All Charges In Church Massacre

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The legal system actually worked this time.

On Thursday, a jury found Dylann Roof guilty of all 33 counts of committing hate crimes after he massacred nine people and tried to kill three more in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Last year, Roof opened fire at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a bible study group.

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He was found guilty of the federal charges after undergoing a trial that included testimony from 30 witnesses, a recorded confession, and journal excerpts that prove his deep-seeded hatred for people of color.

The convicted killer will begin the penalty phase of his trial on January 3, in which he has asked to represent himself. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

These aren't the only charges the mass murderer is facing. The state of South Carolina has slapped him with separate murder charges, and is also seeking the death penalty in relation to those.

That trial will begin on January 17.

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Watch Hillary Clinton Surprise A Group Of Bros By Crashing Their Bachelor Party!

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This would be quite the bachelor party!

John Schreck, a Georgia native who was supposed to be getting married on Friday, decided to take some of his buddies out for an impromptu bachelor party at a Charleston, South Carolina restaurant.

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What Schreck didn't count on was Hillary Clinton crashing his party!!!

Wait… what?!

Clinton walked into the Saffron Cafe and Bakery in the middle of campaigning for votes in South Carolina, and found Schreck and his buddies all there, wanting a picture. So naturally, Hill took part!

Ch-ch-check out the fun moment when Hillary is surprised with news about the special day (below)!!!

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Alleged Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Has Pleaded Not Guilty To All Charges

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Dylann Roof has pleaded not guilty.

The accused gunman in last month's tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina has pleaded not guilty to all federal charges.

According to authorities, Dylann Roof had confessed to shooting and killing nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 18.

The alleged murderer's lawyer admitted that the 21-year-old actually wanted to plead guilty to all 33 federal charges. However, the attorney said he couldn't allow his client to do so.

The counsel explained that he couldn't advise Dylann since the government is still deciding whether or not it will seek the death penalty for his accused crimes.

We hope that whatever the government decides, justice is served on behalf of all the victims and their families. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.

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Charleston Shooter's Sister Wants You To Pay For Her Honeymoon After Her Brother's Murderous Rampage Overshadowed Her Dream Wedding

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It's all about perspective, ya know?

While most people are aware that the worst thing Dylann Roof did with his life was murder nine innocent people in cold blood, his sister Amber thinks he committed an even worse atrocity…

He made her cancel her dream wedding!

You see, Dylann's Charleston Church shooting took place just four days before his 27-year-old sister was set to wed her now-husband Michael Tyo, but because of the media storm, she decided it would be safest to just forgo the whole event.

Well, Amber was just so heartbroken that she had to cancel her big day, she thought it'd be a great idea to set up a GoFundMe page to get other people to pay for her honeymoon.

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The page managed to raise $1,600 before it was taken down and in Amber's defense, she was going to donate 10% of the money to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, but still… we think there are some people in her neighborhood who could have used the money just a little bit more than she.

Having to cancel your wedding because of your brother's psychopathic tendencies/murders does kind of stink, but so does, ya know, dying.

Go fund yourself, Amber.

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President Obama Sings Amazing Grace During A Eulogy For Charleston Shooting Victims

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What a touching, powerful moment.

President Barack Obama delivered a eulogy at State Senator and Reverend Clementa Pinckney's funeral on Friday afternoon, one of a heartbreaking nine funerals the city of Charleston must endure after the attack in a church last week.

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The President's eulogy was heartfelt, discussing Reverend Pinckney's life and faith:

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