SC Rep. Blames Church Victims for Death

A Republican South Carolina state Rep. told CNN he thinks the nine victims who were fatally wounded in a historic Black church in Charleston last week, “waited their turn to be shot.”

Rep. Bill Chumley made the remarks while defending the use of the Confederate flag at the state’s capitol grounds.

He blamed “misuse and miseducation of the flag” for the debate generated in response to the violent shooting.

“These people sat in there and waited their turn to be shot,” Chumley said. “That’s sad. Somebody in there with a means of self-defense could’ve stopped this.”

Chumley argued the victims “waited” because the shooter, 21-year-old Dylan Storm Roof, had the chance to reload “his gun in the process.”



Chumley argued the victims “waited” because the shooter “reloaded his gun in the process.”

“Why didn’t somebody just do something?” Chumley added. “You’ve got one skinny person shooting a gun. We need to do what we can.”

Six women and three men died in last Wednesday’s shooting. According to witnesses, 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders died trying to protect his 87-year-old great aunt, Susie Jackson.