US attorney general: Shooting under review for federal crime

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Posted: Jun 24, 2015 2:32 PM
US attorney general: Shooting under review for federal crime

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the government is reviewing the deadly church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, to determine whether any federal crimes were committed.

Lynch says an investigation is continuing and she can't discuss specifics. But she says hate crimes were what she calls "the original domestic terrorism."

Lynch's comments came at the police academy in Birmingham, Alabama. She was in the state the same day the governor ordered Confederate flags removed from the state Capitol grounds in Montgomery.

Lynch echoed President Barack Obama's comments that such symbols belong in museums. But she skirted the question of whether removing Confederate flags can lead to a reduction in hate crimes.

Lynch became attorney general in April. She's the first black woman to hold the position.