Mourners continue to file past for the nine victims of last night's shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP
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U.S. police arrested a white high school dropout Thursday suspected of carrying out a gun massacre at one of America's oldest black churches, the latest deadly assault to fuel simmering racial tensions.The carnage was the worst at a U.S. place of worship in decades and recalled the darkest periods of US history, in a church once burned to the ground after a failed slave revolt.Members of the historic church's mainly black congregation, many of them elderly, had gathered Wednesday for a Bible study meeting when the shooter walked into the building, sat for about an hour, then opened fire.Sylvia Johnson, a relative of one of the victims, told CNN a survivor had told her that the gunman had made a racist rant during the attack.Johnson said one of the victims tried to talk the shooter out of more killings after he opened fire.Dot Scott of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said the shooter may not have drawn attention because the church is a tourist draw.The shooting is the latest in a long list of mass shootings in the United States.
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