“I do believe this is a hate crime,” said Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen at a news conference.

A white male, described as being in his early twenties with blonde hair and a small build, walked into a prayer service at an African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, and opened fire last night.

According to the Washington Post, the pastor, who is also a South Carolina Senator, is believed to be among one of the dead. There are a lot of details coming out about this story this morning, and we'll keep you up to date as we here more.

This was literally painful for me to type. How sickening. Praying for all the families.