Yesterday, an unfortunate incident took place in Charleston, South Carolina as a young man decided to open fire in a historic black church, massacring nine people during bible study.
Dylann Storm Roof, 21, was captured and arrested after he murdered nine people at one of the nation’s oldest black chuches, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The 9 people included six woman and two men, including pastor and state senator, Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Although no one can fully wrap their heads around a logic reason to do such hatred act, we have gathered a few facts about a young man who planned a senseless hate crime.
- Dylann Roof was gifted a .45 caliber pistol from his father for his 21st birthday in April, according to his uncle, Carson Cowles. Cowles recognized his nephew in a photo released by the police.
- Roof was previously been arrested on April 26th on a trespassing charge. Apparently he was banned from the mall for a year but in April he retuned, causing his arrest. He was also arrested on March 3rd for possession of a controlled substance.
- His classmates, John Mullins, described him as a wild child. According to The Daily Beast, Mullins shared that Roof used heavy drugs such as pills, including Xanax. He also added that he made a lot of racial comments at school.
- Before his account got deleted, his Facebook profile picture showed him wearing a jacket with two patches – one is a pre-apartheid-era flag of South Africa, and the other is the flag for Rhodesia, the previously white-ruled country now called Zimbabwe.
- Witness says Roof sat in the prayer meeting for an hour before opening fire to the three men and six women that were killed.
- One of the three survivors [Sen. Rev. Clementa Pinckney cousin] told NBC News that Roof reloaded his gun 5 different times and said, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”
This case is still under investigation as Roof is in custody. There still isn’t much reason as to why this young man did such as thing. We’ll keep you updated as more information comes through.