The suspect, who is described as a 21-year-old white man, is still at-large, and officials in Charleston are calling it a hate crime.
There is reaction from around the country Thursday morning decrying the incident, including reaction in Boston.
The Rev. Jeff Brown — president of the national anti-violence initiative RECAP (Rebuilding Every City Around Peace) — joined Morning Edition to discuss the shooting.
Brown told Morning Edition that "when sanctuaries can't be safe, a line has been crossed." He tweeted the following this morning:
We cannot be touched and moved by the event in Charleston, SC, and then go on with business as usual. When... http://t.co/4hW8riOlXF— Rev. Jeffrey Brown (@RECAP_INTL) June 18, 2015
To hear the full interview, click on the audio player above.
This segment aired on June 18, 2015.