S. Carolina church shooting suspect arrested; identified as Dylann Storm Roof, 21

Thursday, June 18, 2015
By Paul Martin

June 18, 2015

South Carolina police have released the identity of the suspect in the church shooting Wednesday night as Dylann Storm Roof, 21. Local media report he was arrested Thursday morning.

A law enforcement source told WLTX that Roof has been arrested in Shelby, North Carolina, almost 250 miles (400 km) – about three and a half hours’ drive – away from Charleston. The arrest was reported shortly after shortly after 11 am local time, and confirmed by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a press conference.

The gunman had attacked parishioners at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, killing 9 people.

Sylvia Johnson, cousin of Pastor Clementa Pinckney who was killed at the church, told NBC News that one of the survivors told her the gunman reloaded five times and told a victim, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”

Witnesses say the suspect attended a prayer meeting for an hour, before he began shooting. Three men and six women were killed. There were three survivors.

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