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(June 18, 2015) Dylan Storm Roof, the 21 year old man who police say walked into a South Carolina church and fatally shot nine people as they attended Bible study class, was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina on Thursday.
According to WLTX, Roof was arrested in Shelby on Thursday. Multiple sources are also reporting Roofhas been arrested.
According to investigators, a concernedcitizen called police about a suspicious vehicle. Charleston police Chief Greg Mullen said Roof was “cooperative” with the officer who stopped him. He didn’t elaborate on whether Roof said anything to police although he did say Roof was armed when he was arrested. It was unclear if the firearm was the same one from the church shooting. A source with knowledge of the case told CNN Roof’s father had recently bought him a handgun for his 21st birthday.
According to reports, Roof is currently out on bond in connection with multiple recent arrests on drug and trespassing charges.
Earlier Thursday morning, police released a flyer with details of the attack on the church. The flyer showed a man in his 20s and a dark colored vehicle seen in the area of the church:
“The following subject is wanted for the shooting that occured in Charleston at the Emanuel AME Church. Subject is Dylann Storm Roof w/m 4/3/1994 5’9″ 120 lbs. The subject should be driving a 2000 Hyundai Elantra GS, SC registration LGF330. The vehicle is dark colored. Subject should be considered armed and dangerous and caution should be used if seen. ”
A law enforcement official says witnesses told them the gunman stood up and said he was there “to shoot black people.”
Police were searching for information about Roof. A picture of him on social media showed him wearing a jacket with what appear to be the flags of apartheid era South Africa and nearby Rhodesia, a former British colony that was ruled by a white minority until it became independent in 1980 and changed its name to Zimbabwe.
Surveillance image released by Charleston Police.
Six females and three males were killed, Mullen said. Three people survived, including a woman who received a chilling message from the shooter.
“Her life was spared, and (she was) told, ‘I’m not going to kill you, I’m going to spare you, so you can tell them what happened,’ ” Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott told CNN. Scott said she heard this from the victims’ family members.
“The only reason someone would walk into a church and shoot people that were praying is hate,” Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said.
Among the victims was the church’s politically active pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, his cousin, South Carolina state Sen. Kent Williams, told CNN.
Pinckney was also a state senator and one of the black community’s spokesmen after the slaying of an unarmed man by a North Charleston police officer this year.
There were 13 people inside the church when the shooting happened the shooter, the nine people who were killed and three survivors, South Carolina state Sen. Larry Grooms, who was briefed by law enforcement, told CNN. Two of the survivors were not harmed, he said.
It was not clear if the man targeted any individual.
“We don’t know if anybody was targeted other than the church itself,” Mullen said.
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church has been a presence in Charleston since 1816, when African American members of Charleston’s Methodist Episcopal Church formed their own congregation after a dispute over burial grounds.
It was burned to the ground at one point, but rebuilt. Throughout its history, it overcame obstacle after obstacle destroyed by an earthquake, banned by the state. But its church members persevered, making it the largest African American church in terms of seating space in Charleston today.
Mullen said video cameras at the church showed a suspect is in his early 20s, standing 5 feet, 9 inches tall. Police said he may be driving a black Hyundai with vehicle tag LGF330.
Police described the gunman as clean shaven with a slender build and sandy blond hair. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt, bluejeans and Timberland boots.
On Thursday morning, police handed out images of the man and his car taken from surveillance footage and asked for the public’s help in identifying him.
“People in prayer Wednesday evening. A ritual, a coming together, praying, worshiping God. An awful person to come in and shoot them is inexplicable,” Mayor Riley said.
The killing put the nation’s spotlight once again on the Charleston region. Several months ago, Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot in the back by a North Charleston police officer, a killing that was captured on video.