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Charleston Police have confirmed a bomb threat has been called in Wednesday night at the scene of a shooting in downtown Charleston.

Police are pushing media and bystanders across Meeting Street after a bomb threat was reported in the area of Emanuel AME Church near 110 Calhoun Street. 

According to Charleston Police, people in the area have not been asked to evacuate their homes at this time. 

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Authorities say they are continuing to search for the suspect who allegedly fired shots at the church around 9 p.m. 

CPD officials describe the suspect as a white male, 21 years old, slender/small build, grey sweat shirt, blue jeans and clean shaven. 

A man matching the suspect's description who was initially arrested at the scene has been released. The man, identified as local photographer Austin Rich, says he was released after being questioned

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CPD officials have not released any information yet on any victims.

A helicopter is assisting law enforcement on the scene. A big police presence was seen at the Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street. The FBI and the Chaplain service are on the scene. 

Church members tell Live 5 News members of the congregation were at Emanuel AME Wednesday night for a quarterly meeting. 

Pictures and video from the scene show the fire department and ambulance crews have responded.

At least six ambulances were spotted in the area of the shooting.  

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