The mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in which nine people were murdered in cold blood at one of the nation’s first African-American churches, was reported by the Charleston Post and Courier newspaper on the front page with a a gun range ad displayed at the top.
The ad for “Ladies’ Night” at the ATP Gun Shop & Range in Summerville, S.C. was tweeted with a picture of the front page by Jonathan Neufeld, a professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston, the Washington Post first reports.
It has been retweeted more than 3,480 times by early Thursday afternoon, according to the International Business Times.
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The Washington Post reports:
In a statement to media reporter Jim Romenesko, the Charleston Post & Courier said “the front-page sticky note that was attached to some home delivery newspapers on the same day as this tragedy is a deeply regrettable coincidence. We apologize to those who were offended.” Romenesko notes this isn’t the first time that this type of thing has happened.
“$30 gets you everything!” the ad promises, which includes eye and ear protection, a pistol or revolver, and 50 rounds of ammo for use on the shooting range. You get a souvenir T-shirt, too.
Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old suspect, was given a handgun as a present for his 21st birthday in April, according to what Roof’s uncle told Reuters.
The 45-caliber pistol, was reportedly a gift from his father, but it’s not known at this time if this was the gun Roof used to murder 9 people as they attended services at church.
At some point prior to the shooting, Roof went to target practice.
According to court records, Roof has a criminal record including a felony drug case, plus a misdemeanor.
But Dad bought him a gun.
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