The suspect accused of fatally shooting nine people at Emanuel AME Church Wednesday night has been arrested.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says 21-year-old Dylann Roof has been arrested in Shelby, North Carolina. The 21-year-old from Lexington, South Carolina was wanted for the murder of nine people at Emanuel AME Church.
Public records show Roof was most recently arrested in March in Lexington County on drug charges.
According to police, nine people were killed after shots were fired during a prayer meeting inside Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street around 9:05 p.m. Police Chief Greg Mullen said officers arrived to find eight people dead inside the church. A ninth victim died later at a nearby hospital.
Elder James Johnson, President of the Charleston Chapter of the National Action News, said SC Senator Clementa C. Pinckney was one of the nine shot and killed inside the church. Pinckney, 41, served as pastor for Emanuel AME in addition to his role as a state senator for District 45.
Mullen said Roof sat through an hour-long bible study before he began shooting church members. He then fled the scene.
Charleston Police released surveillance photos of the suspect during a 6 a.m. news conference. He was later identified by authorities shortly after 10 a.m.
It. Is. REAL!!!!!!!! https://t.co/Kta25Yokmk— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) June 18, 2015
What's the NRA (former youth member) response now? Guns in church? Too many guns on American streets! #KillGuns— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 18, 2015
The shooting took place one day after the anniversary of the June 16, 1822 slave rebellion led by Denmark Vesey, a founder of Emanuel AME.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 18, 2015
Bonus of #ActuallyBlack Talkib Kweli dragging a racist:
(4 little girls in ala. Tamir Rice. Aiyana Jones. But u ain't racist?) RT @caseyross23: when have you seen whites go around killing kids.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) June 18, 2015
Prayers for the families of Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) June 18, 2015
Emotional. Nine lives violently extinguished. Focusing my highest thoughts and donating directly to the church here: http://t.co/0kyZK8OHCm— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) June 18, 2015
If you guys have any other tweets or updates you'd like to include please let me know. Bear in mind, I will not be including pics of that monster in this.
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