Police have apprehended Dylan Roof, the suspected gunman in the shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church. The cops nabbed Roof in Shelby, North Carolina. According to a law enforcement official who spoke to CNN, witnesses said Roof entered the historic African-American church and told his victims he was there “to shoot black people.” “The man spent an hour in a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night before he opened fire,” Charleston police Chief Greg Mullen told reporters this morning . . .
Roof shot and killed six women and three men. Three church members survived the attack, including one instructed to bear witness to the killer’s carnage. “Her life was spared, and (she was) told, I’m not going to kill you, I’m going to spare you, so you can tell them what happened,” Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott told CNN.
As far as we know, none of the church-members was armed. Nor do we know if the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church gave members permission to carry. If not, doing so would be illegal under South Carolina law.