The white gunman who allegedly shot dead nine people during a bible study meeting at an African-American church in South Carolina last night has been caught in North Carolina.
Dylann Storm Roof, who fled the 150-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston after the shooting, was captured and taken into custody on Thursday morning following an hours-long manhunt.
On Wednesday, the 21-year-old allegedly entered the church and joined the bible study group before suddenly opening fire an hour later.
One survivor recounted how he reloaded his gun five times as he picked off his victims – killing three females and six males, including the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who is also a South Carolina state senator.
Pinckney’s cousin told NBC News that one of the survivors told her they had urged Roof to stop.
‘He just said: “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go”,’ Sylvia Johnson said.
Roof, from Lexington, spared one woman so she could ‘tell the world what happened’, eye witnesses recounted, while a five-year-old girl also survived the attack after her grandmother told her to play dead. The gunman then fled.