The 21-year-old White suspect who fatally shot S. Carolina Pastor and State Senator Clementa Pinckney (D) and 8 other people inside a church on what police are calling it a mass murder hate crime has been taken into custody. Eight died at the scene and one at a local hospital.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
June 18, 2015
Charleston, S. Carolina – On Thursday, the FBI confirmed that Dylann Storm Roof, 21, of Eastover wanted in connection with the cold blooded murder of 6 women and three men, including Pastor and State Democrat Senator Clementa C. Pinckney, 41, has been arrested in Shelby, N. Carolina. A tip led to his arrest. Roof surrendered peacefully.
Police on Wednesday confirmed, that Pastor and State Senator Pinckney and his sister were among 9 people killed around 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 110 Calhoun St. in Charleston, S. Carolina by Roof. Eight of the victims died at the church during a bible study and one died at a local hospital.
Police are investigating the mass murder as a hate crime.
According to surviving witnesses, Roof came in during a prayer service on Wednesday and sat next to Pastor Pinckney. After the service, Roof took out a weapon and began to shoot people. He reloaded five times and said, that Afro-Americans rape women and are taking over the country and they should go, according to a witness.
The Mother Emanuel Methodist Episcopal Church deceased victims were identified as:
● Depayne Middleton, 49, Reverend
● Cynthia Hurd, 54
● Susie Jackson, 87
● Ethel Lance, 70
● Clementa C. Pinckney, 41, Reverend
● Tywanza Sanders, 26
● Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, Reverend
● Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, Reverend
● Mira Thompson, 59