Incident Summary:

06/17/2015: An assailant opened fire on parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. At least nine people were killed in the attack. An individual, identified as Dylann Roof, claimed responsibility for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

South Carolina


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A .45-caliber pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 9
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Dylann Roof charged with murder after Charleston church massacre,", June 19, 2015.
"Everything We Know About the Charleston Shooting," Time, June 18, 2015.
"South Carolina Church Shooting Suspect Arrested," Eurasia Review, June 18, 2015.