Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Thursday that a federal hate crimes investigation has been launched into Wednesday night’s shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina.

“The Department of Justice has opened a hate crime investigation into this shooting incident. The FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshal Service, Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s office are working closely with our state and local partners, and we stand ready to offer every resource, every means, and every tool that we possess in order to locate and to apprehend the perpetrator of this barbaric crime,” said Lynch.

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