Several church leaders announced Monday that they will gather for a mass meeting Wednesday to seek unity, justice and direction in regards to the death of Walter Scott and other officer-involved shootings.

Members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church called Wednesday’s planned event “historic” and said their leaders were concerned about the number of officer-involved shootings in South Carolina.

According to the State Law Enforcement Division, there have been 22 officer-involved shootings in the state this year. There were 40 last year, according to The Post and Courier’s data.

Scott was shot in the back in April while fleeing a North Charleston Patrolman 1st Class Michael Slager, who is now charged with murder.

Wednesday’s event will be held at 7 p.m. at Saint Peters AME Church, 4650 Sanders Ave. in North Charleston. There will be prayer and remarks by several area reverends. There will also be comment from individuals “whose lives have been touched by officer-involved shootings,” according to a release from The Rev. Joseph Darby, presiding elder of the 33 churches in the AME Church’s Beaufort District.

The event is open to the public.

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