Charleston leaders launching effort to curb gun violence

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Community and church leaders are gathering in the room at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston where nine parishioners were gunned down to announce a new effort to battle gun violence.

Mayor Joe Riley and Charleston Mayor-elect John Tecklenburg join AME officials and others on Monday to announce formation of a new nonprofit group and provide details of a statewide event being planned for next month.

The announcement comes almost six months after the Emanuel shootings and the week after still another mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, left 14 dead and 21 wounded.

Dylann Roof faces murder charges in state court as well as numerous federal charges, including hate crimes, in the June 17 shootings at the Charleston church.

News 2’s Mayci McLeod was in the room during the press conference.

 

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