Dylann Storm Roof — the 21-year-old gunman who killed nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina was apprehended on Thursday. Dylann Roof was arrested at a traffic stop in Shelby, about 250 miles north of Charleston.
The suspect opened fire on a bible study group at the church, killing eight people at the scene. A ninth person died at the hospital. Three of the victims were males and six females. Victims include the Rev. Clementa Pinckney (the church pastor and a South Carolina state senator). Other victims are said to be Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Ethel Lee Lance, Cynthia Hurd, Myra Thompson and Tywanza Sanders. The names of the other victims (and three survivors) have not been released.
Roof sat inside the church for an hour with the others in the prayer meeting before he opened fire on them. A cousin of the church’s pastor told NBC News that the shooter had reloaded five times and told a survivor: “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”
In a photo on his Facebook page, Roof wears a black jacket with two flags. The top one is an apartheid-era South African flag that is often used as a symbol of white supremacy. The second flag appears to be that of white-rule Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Another photo shows Roof on the hood of his car, which has a license plate for the “Confederate States of America.”
Authorities say the shooting was a hate crime.
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