Washington, DC -- US Sen. Cory Booker issued the following statement regarding the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina:

“I am horrified by the events that unfolded last night in Charleston, South Carolina. The hate-filled attack on Emanuel AME Church is nothing less than an attack on our nation and our American values. My heart aches for the families and loved ones of those killed and injured, and my prayers are with them.

“I know that anyone responsible for this hateful crime will be swiftly brought to justice. As communities and as a country standing together, our unity and love will ultimately triumph over violence, hatred, and evil.”