Source: Multiple fatalities in shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston
An official close to the investigation told CNN there are multiple fatalities inside the church. The source said there are several bodies in the church that have not yet been identified.
-- The suspect in the shooting is a clean-shaven white man in his 20s, with a slender build, police say
-- Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call 911 dispatchers
Several people were killed in a shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, a source close to the investigation told CNN.
The shooter is still at large.
The shooting took place Wednesday evening at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. On its website, the church describes itself as the "oldest AME church in the south."
"It's really bad. It's a very bad scene," local pastor Thomas Dixon said.
"Apparently the person just entered the church and opened fire. That part has not been fully articulated on what happened yet ... they are still looking for the suspect."
Police haven't yet said how many people have been shot. But the source who spoke to CNN said several bodies were in the church that were yet to be identified.
Police said the suspect in the shooting is a clean-shaven white man in his 20s, with a slender build. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt, blue jeans and boots.
Soon afterward, news camera showed officers taking a man matching that description into custody -- but police said they were still looking for the shooter.
The department asked anyone with information about the shooting to call 911 dispatchers
Anyone with information about shooting on Calhoun Street call dispatch at 743 7200
— Charleston P.D. (@CharlestonPD) June 18, 2015
Every Wednesday evening, the church holds a Bible study in its basement.
Corey Wessenger, who was standing across the street from the church, said the area was swarming with a heavy law enforcement presence.
"I just saw a group of about 40 people escorted by cops," Wessenger told CNN by phone.
Patrick Wright, a reporter with WFMY News, tweeted, "We've been told not to leave our restaurant here in #Charleston for the time being. Helicopter still circling above."
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