Charleston Church Shooting – Suspect in Custody

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Surveillance photos of suspect entering the church around 8 p.m. Eastern Time on June 17, 2015 and the suspect’s car. If you see this person or this dark four-door edan, Charleston SC police ask the public to call 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5324)

Photos: Charleston, South Carolina Police Department

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As police responded to the church shooting, a group gathered to pray across the street. Photo: yahoonews.com

 

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Dylann Storm Roof in custody, Historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.

Photos: Google

Updated 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time–

Charleston, South Carolina police tweeted Dylann Storm Roof, 21, is in custody for the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night.  With a tip from the public, Shelby, North Carolina police pulled over Roof at 10:49 a.m. today during a traffic stop. Roof was alone in a 2000 dark Hundai Elantra GS. FBI and authorities are working to see if there is enough evidence to charge Roof with a hate crime. Roof of the Columbia area, faces 9 counts of murder charges. The gunman sat with the prayer group for an hour at the church before he shot them last night. Six women and 3 men were killed. All were African-Americans.

At an early morning news conference, Police Chief Gregory Mullen said he believes it was a hate crime.  A manhunt was underway to find the suspect described as a white male, slender build, clean-shaven, 21-25 years old,  wearing a grey sweat shirt, blue jeans and Timberland boots. The shooting rampage happened during a prayer meeting or Bible Study at the church around 9 p.m. Wednesday. The church at 110 Calhoun Street is one of the oldest African Methodist Episcopal (AME) churches in the United States. The victims included State Senator Clementa Pinckney. Pinckney also was the church’s pastor.

Sources: Charleston, SC Police Department Twitter, The Post and Courier Twitter, Local and National News Media

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