We are now learning new information about the suspect in the Charleston, South Carolina church massacre.
Officials say the man suspected of shooting and killing nine people has been identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof of Lexington, South Carolina. Roof was taken into custody on Thursday morning in Shelby, North Carolina after a citizen tip.
On Wednesday night, the alleged gunman opened fire inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston during bible study and killed six women and three men, including the pastor, state senator, Clementa Pinckney.
According to reports, Roof told his intended victims, “I want to shoot Black people” leading people to believe that the shooting was premeditated.
It has also been confirmed that the 21-year-old has a legal history. He was reportedly out on bond after a string of recent arrests on drug and trespassing charges. We are also hearing that Roof received a 45 caliber gun from his father for his birthday in April.