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October 11 2016

Families of Charleston Shooting Victims sue FBI Over Background-check Error

The families of victims killed in last year 's shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., are suing the FBI over an error during a background check that allowed the alleged shooter to buy his gun.

The lawsuit comes a year after the mass shooting that sent shock waves through the country. Dylann Roof is charged with opening fire and killing nine black parishioners during a prayer meeting at the historic African American church. In the days after the shooting, FBI Director James B. Comey said in a remarkable disclosure that Roof shouldn 't have been able to buy the gun he allegedly used.

Authorities have said that a clerk 's mistake in how Roof 's arrest was listed prevented the FBI examiner for his background check from seeing it. Roof 's federal trial is scheduled to begin in November, his state trial is also set for later this year but is likely to be rescheduled. He faces the death penalty in both cases