Sylvia Johnson, who is reportedly a cousin of the reverend killed during last night’s shooting in Charleston, told NBC News that one of the survivors told her the gunman reloaded fives times and told a victim, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”
Johnson said the shooter sat next to Pastor Clementa Pinckney during a bible study and that the shooting began when the class ended. Nine people, including Rev. Pinckney, were killed in the shooting. The gunman remains at large.