GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In the week after nine people were shot dead at Emanuel A.M.E. church in South Carolina, seven churches with predominately black congregations in five Southern states have burned. Three of them are being investigated as arson.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working with local authorities to find those who set them.
“They’re being investigated to determine who is responsible and what motives are behind them,” FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told BuzzFeed News. “I’m not sure there is any reason to link them together at this point.”
The church fires come days after police say Dylann Roof, 21, shot and killed nine people during a prayer service on June 17 at Emanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston, including the church’s pastor. Roof has been charged with nine counts of homicide and possession of a firearm.
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