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Video: Charleston Church Shooting Suspect Apprehended

June 18, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Charleston Church Shooting Suspect Apprehended

Police on Thursday nabbed the 21-year-old man suspected of shooting nine people gathered for Bible study in a Charleston, S.C., church, nearly 14 hours later and 240 miles away after an all-night manhunt, reports Fox News.

Dylann Roof, of Columbia, was captured without incident just before noon in a traffic stop after a tip led police to Shelby, N.C. He was in the black Hyundai sedan seen fleeing the horrific scene at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the church's pastor, Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator, was among those killed.

“We had a number of tips that were coming in,” Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said. “It was amazing the fact that we had teams ... standing by. Whenever we got a lead ... we sent out teams. It was a tremendous effort.”

“I am so pleased that we were able to resolve this case quickly ... so that nobody else is harmed by this individual.”

With Roof in custody, the focus turned to his motives and the victims in the horrific attack that shocked Charleston's close-knit African-American community and prompted President Obama, who knew Pinckney, to say it “raises questions about a dark part of history."

“I’ve had to make statements like this too many times,” Obama said. “Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. Once again, innocent people were killed because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun."

Comments (6)

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Russ @ 6/18/2015 1:27 PM

Glad they caught him so quickly - he needs to get the death penalty for this act of violence. What concerns me now is the ridiculous statement by Obama - instead of bring the country together he makes asinine statements that drive people apart, then the comment about guns - what a fool we have in the oval office.

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/18/2015 1:36 PM

While I understand and agree with the President's anger about this senseless shooting, here he goes again with the blame on thew gun instead of the individual using it. A good question is why does he not get this upset every time a Police Officer is shot or killed?

Mark Hannifin @ 6/18/2015 1:46 PM

Yeah, that's right Prez. It's the gun's fault.
Sincere sympathies to all involved, except the perp.

Steve Allred @ 6/18/2015 11:43 PM

Yes Mr President, had tougher gun laws been in place he would have brought doughnuts instead. Using a tragedy for your own politics against I see.
I am truly sorry for the families of the victims. The
President seems more interested in politics.

Tone @ 6/22/2015 11:56 PM

Steve I think this is too late in the game for the President to be using this tragedy for political clout! Mark & John in that statement it clearly states the word "someone" which means a "person" wanted to inflict the harm. Now the gun debate will always be an issue. The bottom line is this kid as well as terrorists as well as thugs etc, get's their hands on guns easily without responsibility. Russ my question to you is how would you bring the country together because the way I've seen it, this President and many before him couldn't do it! This country will always have its divisions. The real issue today is that nine people serving God in a bible study was killed. This isn't about the President or guns, but primarily how unashamed evil shows its ugly face and someone dies. The fool isn't in the Oval office, but perhaps in our communities plotting the next act of evil. And why we're pointing our fingers, people keep dying..! Not a great start in unifying the country..

Tone @ 6/23/2015 12:42 AM

This President has in the past condemned violence against officers as well as the innocent in low income communities. I think its shameful to even criticize this President over his personal journey of events against him as a black man. Who can better relate to that than himself. We all have things in our past that shamed us or hurt us! This gun debate has to be resolved. We've lost Officers as well as civilians because guns end up in the hands of impure idiots. Now if gun control ultimately blesses us all why the argument? As an officer I deeply hurt for the nine people who died. Someone's grandmother, son, daughter, mom, all died that day! Russ I truly wish I knew how to unify this country, but I strongly believe many people love standing on their side of the isle, untouched, un-involved, etc.,

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