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(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The man suspected of carrying out a racist rampage at a black church in South Carolina Wednesday night has been brought back from North Carolina.

Dylann Roof was escorted off a state-owned plane, clad in a wide-striped prison jumpsuit, just before sundown Thursday.

He’ll initially face one murder charge, the one that enabled his extradition back from North Carolina, where police say he fled after shooting nine people to death during a Bible study. A hearing is expected Friday for the 21-year-old accused of shooting nine people to death in a South Carolina church Wednesday night.

Witnesses are saying that Dylann Roof told the group gathered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that he wanted to learn about religion.

“It wasn’t until the end of bible study when they were getting ready to dismiss that he, he started shooting,” said Sylvia Johnson. Johnson has spoken with survivors of the attack; her cousin, Clementa Pinckney, was one of the nine who died.

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