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Carlos Dunlap reacts to church shooting in his hometown

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A senseless shooting took place Wednesday night. Carlos Dunlap, who calls Charleston his home, reacted to the news. We're sending prayers to all those involved.

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Senseless and tragic. Nine people were murdered Wednesday night when a gunman opened fire at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. According to the Charleston police, the shooting took place at 9 p.m. EST. As of this posting, the suspect remains at large.

"This is an all-hands-on-deck effort with the community as well as law enforcement," Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said. "When people go out they should be vigilant, they should be aware of their surroundings. And if they see anything suspicious, they should call law enforcement. No one in this community will forget this night," said Mullen, who called the killings a "hate crime."

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap is from North Charleston, South Carolina and was recently there holding his annual football camp.

Prayers go out to those in Charleston.