Authorities captured Dylann Roof in North Carolina.
Police have apprehended the suspected gunman who killed nine people at an historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Dylann Roof, 21, was caught Thursday following the deadly shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night, according to sources.
Before the shooting spree, he asked for the church’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, and sat among parishoners during a Bible study meeting, a survivor later told one of Pinckney’s cousins.
He then opened fire on the gathering.
“At the conclusion of the Bible study, from what I understand, they just start hearing loud noises ringing out,” cousin Sylvia Johnson told NBC affiliate WIS-TV, “and he had already wounded — the suspect already wounded a couple of individuals.”
She said one of those people was Pinckney, a 41-year-old married father of two and Democratic member of the state Senate.
The female survivor told Johnson that the gunman reloaded five different times and that her son was trying to “talk him out of doing the act of killing people.”
But he wouldn’t listen, she said.
“You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go,” the shooter told the group, according to the survivor’s account to Johnson.
Charleston officials said the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were now helping with the investigation, which is being called a “hate crime.” The Justice Department is also opening a parallel hate crime review into the case, although the state is taking the lead.
“Even as we struggle to comprehend this heartbreaking event, I want everyone in Charleston and everyone affected by this tragedy that we will do everything in our power to heal this community and make it whole again,” U.S. Attorney Gen. Loretta Lynch told reporters.
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