(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Dylann Roof, the alleged gunman authorities say is responsible for killing nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church Wednesday night, has been apprehended, authorities said.
“I can confirm that there is a subject in custody in relation to the shootings in Charleston from last evening,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday at a news conference. “And, of course, this moves us into a different phase of the investigation, which will be pursued as vigorously and with as complete cooperation as the apprehension of this individual.”
Police said Roof, 21, was arrested Thursday at a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina, about 200 miles north of Charleston.
“I am so pleased we were able to resolve this case quickly,” Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said at a news conference.
The FBI and Charleston police had earlier identified Roof, of Lexington, South Carolina, as the suspect.
The suspect opened fire on a bible study group at the historic predominantly black Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street, killing eight people in an “unfathomable” act of violence. One other person was rushed to the hospital and died. Police originally said two people were hospitalized.
Police said the alleged gunman, whom the mayor called a “horrible scoundrel,” was inside the church attending the prayer meeting with worshipers for almost an hour.
Police said three of the victims were males and six were females. Their ages were not clear.
Three people survived the shooting, but details about them were not immediately available.
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