Charleston Shooting Suspect Captured by Police in North Carolina [UPDATED]
UPDATE 4:00 p.m. EST: The names of the victims (and their ages) have been released by the coroner:
The list of victims the coroner passed out following the press conference pic.twitter.com/UVCTWmFdaQ
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) June 18, 2015
- Cynthia Hurd, 54 years old
- Susie Jackson, 87
- Ethel Lance, 70
- Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49
- The Honorable Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41
- Tywanza Sanders, 26
- Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74
- Sharonda Singleton, 45
- Myra Thompson, 59
Subject arrested in #Charleston shooting. Our sincere thanks to the public and our law enforcement partners.
— FBI (@FBI) June 18, 2015
Original story starts here:
#BREAKING: Law enforcement source tells News19 Charleston church shooting suspect arrested in Shelby, NC
— News 19 WLTX (@WLTX) June 18, 2015
— WBTV News (@WBTV_News) June 18, 2015
Roof allegedly entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night and shot six women and three men to death. Authorities have indicated that this appears to be a racially motivated action, judging from historic symbolic significance of the church as well as patches on the jacket roof is wearing in a photo released to the public.
There are also unconfirmed reports that Roof made several comments to his victims before shooting them, suggesting that he was seeking racial vengeance. His words, allegedly, were: “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”
This will be updated as further information comes in.