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Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof arrested: Police chief

Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof arrested: Police chief

21-year-old Dylann Roof was taken into custody during a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina, about a four-hour drive from the scene of the mass shooting.



By (AFP)

Published: Thu 18 Jun 2015, 10:02 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:58 PM

Surveillance footage shows Dylan Roof wanted in connection with the church shooting in Charleston. -AP

Charleston - The 21-year-old white gunman suspected of killing nine people at a black church in the southeastern US city of Charleston was arrested on Thursday, police chief Gregory Mullen announced.

Dylann Roof was taken into custody during a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina, about a four-hour drive from the scene of the mass shooting, Mullen told reporters.

The police chief said Charleston city detectives were preparing to fly to Shelby to interview Roof about what he called a “tragic, heinous crime.”

The shooting on Wednesday night at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was one of the worst attacks on a place of worship in the country in recent years, and comes at a time of lingering racial tensions.

Several other people were wounded in the attack.


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