Thursday, 18 June 2015

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER 9 KILLED IN CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING





Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, is in custody after, police allege, he opened fire during a Bible study class at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, a senior law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation tells CNN. Nine people were killed in the shooting. The gunman allegedly told the victims before the shooting, "You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go," said Sylvia Johnson, a cousin of the church's slain pastor. She cited survivors of the shooting and was quoted by CNN affiliate WIS.
The man suspected of killing nine people Wednesday night at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested Thursday morning about 245 miles (395 kilometers) away in Shelby, North Carolina, law enforcement authorities said.
A senior law enforcement source told CNN the suspect's father had recently bought him a .45-caliber gun for his 21st birthday in April.
President Barack Obama mourned the violence and the victims, saying, "Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy. There is something particularly heartbreaking about death happening in a place in which we seek solace, we seek peace."
Wooten told reporters that the victims all suffered gunshot wounds and died as a result of them.















Johnson said survivors recounted the man coming into the church, asking for Pinckney and sitting next to him during a prayer meeting for an hour. He started shooting and reloaded five times, she said.
When a man pleaded with him to stop, the shooter replied, "You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go," she said.
A law enforcement official says witnesses told authorities the gunman stood up and said he was there "to shoot black people."
Police were searching for more information about Roof (whose last name is rhymes with "cough"), and trying to determine if he had any links to hate groups.
Authorities released a mug shot of him from Lexington County Thursday. It was taken after a trespassing arrest in April. According to an arrest warrant from a February incident, Roof had an unlabeled pill bottle with a drug believed to be suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction. Roof told police a friend gave him drugs. The status of the cases is unclear.

In an image tweeted by the Berkeley County, South Carolina, government, Roof is 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.

Henry J Williams

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