US to investigate South Carolina church shooting as hate crime

June 18, 2015 15:45

WASHINGTON - Federal authorities plan to investigate the shooting at Charleston, South Carolina church that left nine dead as a hate crime, the US Department of Justice said on Thursday.

The probe, which involves the department's Civil Rights Division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in South Carolina, will be "parallel to and cooperative with the state's investigation," the department said in a statement.

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