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'A Line Has Been Crossed': The Rev. Jeff Brown On S.C. Church Shooting03:49

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A shooting Wednesday night at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, has left nine people dead — three men and six women — including the pastor of the church, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

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:

To hear the full interview, click on the audio player above.

This segment aired on June 18, 2015.


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