Suspect in South Carolina church shooting, Dylann Roof apprehended #CharlestonShooting

Dylann Roof, the alleged gunman authorities say is responsible for killing nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church Wednesday night, has been apprehended, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

The FBI and Charleston police had earlier identified the Lexington, South Carolina, man, 21, 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.

"This is a situation that is unacceptable in any society and especially in our society and our city," Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said.

Early this morning, police released pictures from surveillance footage showing the suspect, a white man, approximately 21 to 25 years old, as well as the car he was driving, police said.

"This is an extremely dangerous individual," Mullen said.  

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