This story has been updated.
Updated as of 3:55 p.m. EDT: All of the Charleston, South Carolina, shooting victims from Wednesday night's ambush that killed nine people have officially been identified. Mira Thompson, who was in attendance during a Bible study session in the basement of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was one of the victims, the local coroner said, according to local news outlet the Post and Courier. Thompson, 59, was a pastor at the church, bringing the number of church leaders slain in the rampage to three.
Another shooting victim was transported to a local hospital before he died, according to Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten. Daniel Simmons Sr. was 74, the Post and Courier reported.
State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor, and Depayne Middleton, the church's minister, also were killed in the attack by suspected shooter Dylann Storm Roof, who was arrested late Thursday morning.
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Original story: Most of the nine victims from Wednesday night’s shooting rampage in a historic Charleston, South Carolina, church were identified by early afternoon Thursday, according to a new report that cites people close to those who died. Prior to the recent disclosure, the only victim whose identity had been confirmed was South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a pastor at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the South and the scene of the crime.
At least two of the shooting victims were longtime members of the church, according to the Post and Courier, which reported the names of six of the people who died. Ethel Lance and her cousin Susie Jackson were identified by a relative. Lance reportedly had worked at the church -- also affectionately referred to as “Mother Emanuel” -- for 30 years.
The Post and Courier tweeted a photo allegedly of two of the victims, though their identities were not immediately clear.
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Another pastor for the church, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, also died from the gunfire that took place during a Bible study session in the church’s basement.
Cynthia Hurd, identified by the Post and Courier as a local library branch manager, died in the attack. The news of her death reportedly prompted the Charleston County Public Library system to close all of its locations Thursday for a period of mourning.
Tywanza Sanders also died in the shooting, though not much information was immediately available about him aside from his name. The other three reported victims had not yet been revealed as of early Thursday afternoon.
Law enforcement announced Thursday the arrest of Dylann Storm Roof, a 21-year-old man who is alleged to have been the shooter. Roof and his car were seen on video surveillance footage from the church, allowing authorities to quickly identify him hours prior to apprehending him in North Carolina nearly four hours away from Charleston. Roof was expected to be formally charged with a hate crime for the murders.