Update: The terrorist-killer, 21-year old Dylan Storm Roof of Columbia, SC has been captured about 300 miles – a 4 hour drive from the scene of the crime.
On his jacket in the Facebook photo, pictured above, are pictures of apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia. he received money as a birthday gift from his parents and used it to buy a gun though he claims he stole his mother’s gun for the shooting. He is known to be a racist according to acquaintances.
The killer had been arrested twice this year and used illegal drugs. Skinhead and racist information was found in his home.
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. More information at KTLA.
Two pastors, a high school track coach, a longtime librarian and an aspiring rapper were among the nine victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church massacre.
The victims as reported by ABC News are:
Rev. Sharonda Singleton was reportedly a speech therapist and girls’ track and field coach at Goose Creek High School.
“As a teacher and a coach, she was very professional in everything she did,” former Goose Creek athletic director Chuck Reedy told The Post and Courier. “She was an excellent role model for all of our students, in the way she carried herself. She was just first class.”
Myra Thompson, 59, was killed at the church, where a bible study group was meeting Wednesday night.
Tywanza Sanders, 26, a 2014 graduate of Allen University’s division of business administration in Columbia, South Carolina, also died.
Ethel Lee Lance, 70, a sexton at the church, was also killed in the shooting.
“Granny was the heart of the family,” her grandson Jon Quil Lance told The Post and Courier outside Medical University Hospital.
She had worked at the church for more than 30 years, he told the newspaper.
“She’s a Christian, hardworking; I could call my granny for anything. I don’t have anyone else like that,” he said.
Cynthia Hurd, 54, was a 31-year employee of the Charleston County Public Library, according to its Facebook page. The St. Andrews Regional Manager “dedicated her life to serving and improving the lives of others,” the library stated. To honor Hurd and the others killed, the Charleston County Public Library’s 16 locations are closed today.
A little 5-year old girl survived when she played dead as her grandmother directed.
More information about the victims here.
Original Story: A shooter killed nine people who had gathered Wednesday night for a prayer meeting in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, officials said.
A photo of the shooter has been released by police. This monster sat in the church for an hour allegedly before he murdered these people. People aren’t safe anywhere.
Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said at a news conference that the shooting happened around 9:05 p.m. at Emanuel AME Church. Eight were dead and two were rushed to the hospital where one died.
A suspect is still at large in the horrific killings in the historic 1891 church. He is described to be about 20 years old, blond hair, and of slim build.
The man below was arrested in error.
A man considered to be a possible suspect was briefly taken into custody and released. He was a photographer working on a project.
He released this statement:
Tonight as many of you may already know I was detained as a suspect for the shooting that took place on downtown Charleston. I want to assure everyone that I am safe and innocent.
I was interviewing strangers at the scene when I was mistaken as the shooter because of my grey t shirt, black pants and tan shoes. I was told to get on the ground with my hands up. I laid on my stomach, gentIy placing my camera on the ground.
The officers rushed over to handcuff me. I told them to please be easy with my camera and gear as they picked me up off the ground.
I understand that the officers were simply doing their job and they did it well. I was compliant and escorted across the street, to the Marriott Courtyard Hotel and then questioned. I gave them the details of where I was and who I was with. They asked several questions, checked my phone records and told me I was clear to go.
I am thankful for the professionalism of the officers on duty, and have a tremendous amount of respect for them as well.
The shooter is said to have acted alone in this horrific crime.
The suspect walked into the Emanuel AME (African Methodist Episcopal) church in Charleston, South Carolina and started shooting. there are believed to be 9 dead and 1 injured. There are survivors.
The police say it is believed to be a hate crime.
“The only reason that someone could walk into a church and shoot people praying is out of hate,” said Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley. “It is the most dastardly act that one could possibly imagine, and we will bring that person to justice. … This is one hateful person.”
“We’re still gathering information so it’s not the time yet for details,” he said. “I will say that this is an unspeakable and heartbreaking tragedy in this most historic church, an evil and hateful person took the lives of citizens who had come to worship and pray together.”
Reverend Clementa Pinckney who is the pastor and a state senator is among the dead.
Pinckney, 41, is the youngest African-American to be elected to the legislature and was elected at the age of 23. He was a pastor at 18 years of age.
He was described by the church elder as a caring and courageous man.
A Beaufort, South Carolina, native, Pinckney graduated from Allen University in 1995, was a Princeton University Research Fellow in 1994, earned his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1999 and studied at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, according to his state senate website.
He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Unfortunately, Al Sharpton is on his way to the church.