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Dylann Storm Roof was captured by police on a suspicious vehicle stop and was reportedly taken into custody without incident.
Roof is accused of going into the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church at around 8 p.m. Wednesday and after spending an hour watching his victims shot and killed nine persons there including the pastor, who was also a South Carolina state representative
A surviving witness to the massacre reportedly said Roof told her “You people are raping our white women and taking over our country. I have to do this . . . .”
Police said a gun was found in the car when Roof was taken into custody.
Considering the incident a hate crime, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the South Carolina District are launching investigations.
Those massacred included six woman and three men; there were three survivors.
President of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Richard Cohen today said, “Black churches including those in South Carolina have been targets of hate crimes throughout our country’s history. We know that they will remain resolute and their faith unshaken in the face of this tragedy.” The law center is a longtime foe of racial and ethnic discrimination. Their headquarters are in Montgomery. Ala.
The Charleston church has a long history dating back to the 1800’s.
Update: Later it was discovered Roof had created a website he called “The Last Rhodesian.” To view his racist manifesto from that website, click HERE. The FBI is reported to be looking in that web site and the manifesto as likely evidence of a hate crime.
Roof also was a fan of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) website, which has since been revised.
It also was noted that Roof had been on (or may have been drawing) from the drug Suboxone, a powerful medication used to treat addiction to heroin and painkillers. Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston[/caption]