Everything We Know About Charleston Shooter Suspect, Dylann Storm Roof
The suspect in the tragic shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday evening has been identified.
His name is Dylann Storm Roof, he's 21-years-old, white and from the Columbia area.
Nine people died last night as a result of the shooting, including State Senator Clementa Pinckney.
Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said he believes this was a hate crime.
Here's everything we know about him so far:
The FBI identified Roof as the suspect on Thursday morning.
FBI has confirmed the suspect in Charleston AME church shooting identified as Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington County. pic.twitter.com/EEzWlmOOCR — Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) June 18, 2015
Roof has a criminal record and is out on bond for drug and trespassing charges.
Roof is currently out on bond in connection with recent arrests on drug, trespassing charges. #chsnews — Glenn Smith (@glennsmith5) June 18, 2015
According to an uncle, Roof received a gun for his 21st birthday.
#CharlestonShooting suspect #DylannRoof previously arrested twice. He was bought a gun for his 21st birthday in April — Kay Burley (@KayBurley) June 18, 2015
During the shooting, Roof allegedly revealed his hateful motive.
Charleston shooting witness: Survivor said suspect shouted "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country." — Alastair Jamieson (@alastairjam) June 18, 2015
Roof's Facebook page features an image of him wearing a jacket with the flags of apartheid-era South Africa and Rhodesia.
That's the flag of apartheid-era South Africa on Dylann Roof's jacket pic.twitter.com/ex4cG15sVA — Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) June 18, 2015
Second flag on Dylann Roof's jacket appears to be that of white-rule Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe pic.twitter.com/js2IpiP8ZN — Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) June 18, 2015
He has black friends on Facebook, but that really doesn't tell us much.
About 35% of Dylann Roof's Facebook friends are black. So, miss me w/ that "I'm not racist, I have black friends" bit. — Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 18, 2015
Many have labeled Roof a terrorist.
Dylann Storm Roof, an American terrorist. #CharlestonShooting pic.twitter.com/EO8ellugsl — deray mckesson (@deray) June 18, 2015
He's reportedly driving a black Hyundai.
Police: Dylann Roof is from Lexington, SC. May be driving black Hyundai with vehicle tag LGF330. #CharlestonShooting pic.twitter.com/I2o4LoQl4l — T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) June 18, 2015
Roof has reportedly been arrested in North Carolina.
BREAKING: Dylann Roof has been arrested in Shelby, North Carolina (per @ABCNews4). #AMEShooting pic.twitter.com/FyrfYOH7MM — Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) June 18, 2015