- Publish Date
- Friday, 19 June 2015, 8:28AM
Dylann Storm Roof, 21, who joined a prayer meeting inside a historic black church and then fatally shot nine people was captured without resistance after an all-night manhunt, Charleston's police chief said.
The suspect spent an hour inside the church Wednesday night before killing six women and three men, including the pastor. A citizen spotted his car in North Carolina and tipped police, Chief Greg Mullen said.
The chief wouldn't discuss a motive. Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. called it "pure, pure concentrated evil." Stunned community leaders and politicians condemned the attack on The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Justice Department has begun a hate crime investigation.
President Barack Obama, who personally knew the slain pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, said these shootings have to stop.
"At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," Obama said.
Source- NZ Herald