Nine Dead in Charleston Church Shooting: Hollywood Reacts
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.
Until responsible gun owners support responsible gun control laws, innocent blood will continue to flow. How many times must we see this?— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 18, 2015
Can't fathom how you go into a Church & commit Murder! Seen a lot in 66 yrs, that's right up there with Bombing a Church. History repeats...— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) June 18, 2015
Send prayers and love to Emanuel AME. Tragically heartbreaking.— Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle) June 18, 2015
I don't know what to say. I am in utter shock. Thoughts and prayers to our community & those families affected by this horrible tragedy.— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) June 18, 2015
Plane landed, turned on my phone, and my heart dropped to the floor. Charleston... This is an unbearable loss of lives and innocence.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 18, 2015
I'm praying #CharlestonShooting— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) June 18, 2015
Prayers for #Charleston— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 18, 2015
#Charleston, I love you. You're in my thoughts tonight.— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) June 18, 2015
The media should be ashamed. 3 hours to get on air and then gives detailed suspect description WITHOUT mentioning his race. #Charleston— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 18, 2015
Lead CNN producer and official statement talk of "clean shaven, slender and hoodies". Only others add that he was white. #Charleston— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 18, 2015
Sending prayers to all of those touched by the horrific tragedy in Charleston...— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) June 18, 2015
Heartbreaking news from Charleston - my thoughts and prayers are with you all. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2015
Prayers up for the 8 people shot in Emanuel African Methodist church in North Charleston SC. Shooting in church bruh??— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) June 18, 2015
Be safe Charleston.— IG: @UncleRUSH (@UncleRUSH) June 18, 2015
Prayers for Charleston, SC...— Tony Rock (@TONYROCK) June 18, 2015
My heart aches ,its so tragic and I don't understand? Shooting people in a church while praying? My prayers are with y'all in #Charleston— Roma Downey (@RealRomaDowney) June 18, 2015
Woke up here in London to the horrific news from Charleston. Sickening. Over 50 years since the Birmingham church bombing, and here we are.— John Green (@johngreen) June 18, 2015
Dear God, when will it stop? Pray for Charleston. #CharlestonShooting— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) June 18, 2015
My heart is so broken by the senselessness of the Charleston shooting. Sending thoughts & prayers. Hatred cannot and will not prevail.— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) June 18, 2015
My heart is truly with you to the folks who lost loved ones Charleston. My heart is truly with you, world.— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) June 18, 2015
I don't even know what words to use about Charleston. I really don't. Love and thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 18, 2015
Prayers for the victims' families & entire community of #Charleston. When will anything be done to put an end to this cycle of violence?— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) June 18, 2015
Charleston. My heart hurts.— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 18, 2015
June 18, 9:38 p.m. Updated to reflect suspect has been identified.