Nine Dead in Charleston Church Shooting: Hollywood Reacts

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The steeple of Emanuel AME Church is visible as police block off the street early Thursday morning.

Kerry Washington, Debra Messing and Ava DuVernay were among those offering support and thoughts to those affected by the tragedy.

Charleston, S.C., residents were left reeling Wednesday after a white attacker opened fire at a historic black church, leaving nine people dead. 

The gunman entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church around 9 p.m. and opened fire, said police. Eight people were pronounced dead on the scene, while two people were taken to a hospital, and one of them died en route.

In speaking to reporters, police Chief Greg Mullen termed the shooting a "hate crime" and called the suspect's actions "unfathomable." He said suspect 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof was arrested Thursday.

Here is what some Hollywood notables have tweeted about the tragedy.

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June 18, 9:38 p.m. Updated to reflect suspect has been identified.