Charleston church shooting

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On the evening of June 17, 2015, a mass shooting took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, that was the first church for black people ever in America, in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Nine people at the church were killed and another was injured. Among the dead was minister and state senator, Clementa C. Pinckney.[1]

Suspect[change | change source]

Police arrested a white youth, later identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, in Shelby, North Carolina, the morning after the attack.

Dylann Storm Roof[2] was named by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as the suspected killer after his father and uncle got in touch with police. They identified Roof after seeing security photos of him in the news.[3] Roof was born in Columbia, South Carolina. He was living in a mostly African-American neighborhood near Columbia at the time of the shooting.[4] Roof already had a police record of two arrests, both made in the months leading up to the attack.[5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ed Payne, CNN (18 June 2015). "Charleston church shooting: Multiple deaths reported - CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  2. "State of South Carolina vs Dylann Storm Roof". 
  3. Leger, Donna Leinwand (June 19, 2015). "Dylann Roof's father, uncle called police to ID him in church shooting". USA Today. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  4. "Church shooting suspect Dylann Roof captured amid hate crime investigation". The Washington Post. June 18, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  5. "Dylann Storm Roof arrested in North Carolina". KFOR. June 18, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  6. Old, Jason (June 18, 2015). "Police: Dylann Roof arrested for trespassing, drug possession at Columbiana Centre". WISTV.com. Retrieved June 18, 2015.