21 Year Old Dylann Roof, Charleston Church Shooter Arrested in North Carolina … Confessed to Police that He Wanted to Start a Race War
Charleston Church Shooter Arrested in North Carolina …
21 year old Dylann Roof was arrested Thursday in Shelby, North Carolina after police were tipped off by a motorist. Roof is accused of murder nine people, six woman and three men, including 41 year old Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, a Democratic member of the state Senate. The heinous mass murder took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Roof was arrested without incident Thursday in Shelby, North Carolina, after a motorist spotted him and tipped police, and waived extradition back to South Carolina, where he was held pending a bond hearing, Charleston Police said.
His previous record includes misdemeanor drug and trespassing charges. He wasn’t known to the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, and it’s not clear whether Roof had any connection to the 16 white supremacist organizations operating in South Carolina, but he appears to be a “disaffected white supremacist,” based on his Facebook page, said the center’s president, Richard Cohen.
Dylan Roof is scheduled to be in court at 2 PM on Friday.
Dylann Roof has confessed to authorities to shooting and killing nine people this week at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, two law enforcement officials said Friday.
One of the officials said that Roof, who is white, told investigators that he wanted to start a race war.
He himself bought the .45-caliber handgun used in the shooting last April at a Charleston gun store, according to the two officials. Earlier, a senior law enforcement official had indicated that Roof’s father bought him a Glock firearm for his birthday.