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FBI Not Ruling Out Terrorism In Charleston Shooting Investigation

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On Saturday Comey said that he wouldn't classify as terrorism the massacre that left nine people, including a South Carolina state senator, dead in a historic black church last week. Over the weekend, a white supremacist manifesto believed to be written by shooting suspect Dylann Roof surfaced online.

“Terrorism is an act of violence done or threatened to in order to try to influence a public body or the 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,” Comey said.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called it such Tuesday in a remarks in Florissant, Missouri, not far from the St. Louis suburb where black, unarmed teenager, Michael Brown was shot by a white cop last summer.

“How do we make sense of such an evil act? And act of racist terrorism, perpetrated in a house of God?” she said.