Nine Dead in Charleston Church Shooting: Hollywood Reacts

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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.