On Wednesday 17 June nine people were shot dead during a bible study group at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church.
CCTV footage released by police shows a man identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof entering the church at 20:17 EDT. Witnesses said he spent around fifty minutes inside with the group before opening fire and then driving away.
Dylann Roof was stopped in his car and arrested, following a tip-off, on Thursday 18 June in the city of Shelby, North Carolina around 400 km north-west of Charleston.
During the manhunt police described him as "highly dangerous" and said they had "no doubt" the shooting was a hate crime.
Roof is from the town of Eastover, around 150 km north-west of Charleston. According to the state law enforcement division, he was arrested on 1 March 2015 for drug possession and again on 26 April on a trespassing charge.
Roof's uncle told Reuters he recognised his nephew from the CCTV image (above) and that he had received a gun for his 21st birthday in April. A photograph from Roof's Facebook page shows him wearing a jacket with the historical flags of apartheid-era South Africa and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) on it.
Eight people were killed inside the church, and a ninth victim died in the hospital.
List of victims with further details regarding the incident
The church where the incident took place:
The Emanuel AME church has one of the largest black congregations south of Baltimore and a history entwined with that of race relations and the civil rights struggle in the US.
It traces its roots back to 1816 and was burnt by white landowners in 1822 after one of its founders, Denmark Veysey, tried to organise a slave revolt. The Reverend Martin Luther King addressed the church in 1962 while in 1969 his wife, Coretta Scott King, led a 1,500-person march in support of striking hospital workers to the church where they faced bayonet-wielding members of the South Carolina National Guard
Why Dylan Roof has been charged with murder, and not with a hate crime?
Relative of victim forgives Dylan Roof during court appearance (video)
Statement released by family of alleged gunman:
And finally some stupid banter:
Original Writen by Kuze the Devil in the date of 20-06-2015 14:42.