The Charleston killer who massacred a historic black church on Wednesday night has confessed to shooting dead nine people during a Bible study. He also said that he almost didn’t go through with it because ‘the people were so nice’ to him.
Dylann Storm Roof has confessed to entering a South Carolina church on Wednesday night and shooting dead nine people at their weekly bible study meeting, telling investigators that he wanted to ‘start a race war’, according to reports.
The 21-year-old admitted to Charleston police and the FBI that he was behind the massacre, law enforcement officials told CNN on Friday. But he also revealed that he ‘almost didn’t go through with it because everyone was so nice to him’, sources told NBC News.
But he ultimately decided that he had to ‘go through with his mission’.
His roommate has since revealed that Roof, who is white, had been planning the attack for six months, and had wanted to start a ‘civil war’ before killing himself. Another friend has said that Roof complained that black people are ‘taking over the world’ and said someone to do something about it for the sake of ‘the white race’.
On Thursday, following an overnight manhunt, Roof was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina after a tip from a member of the public and he was extradited back to South Carolina last night.
He was seen in a jumpsuit, chains, handcuffs and a bullet-proof vest as he was chaperoned by dozens of armed police officers on to an airplane at Shelby-Cleveland County Regional Airport bound for his home state.
He is now on suicide watch in jail, as per protocol, Charleston County Sheriff’s office spokesman Major Eric Watson told ABC News. He is being housed separately from the rest of the inmates for his own safety.
A bail hearing has been set for 2pm today. He will be charged with with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to Charleston police. He will be represented by a public defender.
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