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FBI Director: Charleston Shooting not an Act of Terrorism

FBI Seizes Documents

BALTIMORE, Md. FBI director James Comey said Friday that while his agency is investigating the murder of nine people in Charleston, S.C. as a hate crime, it is not an act of terrorism.

He said due to the lack of political motivation for his actions, alleged shooter Dylann Roof is not a domestic terrorist.

"Terrorism is act of violence done or threatens to in order to try to influence a public body or citizenry so it's more of a political act and again based on what I know so more I don't see it as a political act. Doesn't make it any less horrific the label but terrorism has a definition under federal law," he said during a visit to Baltimore.

Affidavits from the Charleston police department claim Roof "with malice and aforethought" shot nine African American parishioners at Emmanuel AME Church with a .45 caliber handgun.

The documents also say he stood over one witness and uttered a racist remark during the massacre before fleeing the scene.

Roof's racist motives have the Charleston Police Department and the FBI investigating the massacre as a hate crime.

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