Feds: Charleston Shooting A Potential Act Of 'Domestic Terrorism'

06/19/2015 02:53 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities are investigating the shooting of nine people in an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina from a variety of angles, including as a potential act of domestic terrorism, a Justice Department official said Friday. DOJ had previously said the incident was being investigated as a potential hate crime.

"The department’s investigation of the shooting incident in Charleston, South Carolina, is ongoing," spokeswoman Emily Pierce said in a statement. "This heartbreaking episode was undoubtedly designed to strike fear and terror into this community, and the department is looking at this crime from all angles, including as a hate crime and as an act of domestic terrorism.”

Alleged shooter Dylann Roof is currently in the custody of local authorities in South Carolina.

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