Dylann Roof: Charleston Shooting Suspect Identified

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Around 9 pm Wednesday night, a shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina church left nine dead in what police are describing as a racially-motivated hate crime.

The suspect escaped the scene and is currently still at large.

He remained unidentified until moments ago, when the suspect's uncle recognized him from surveillance footage and identified the alleged shooter as 21-year-old Columbia, SC native Dylann Roof.

Dylann Roof Photo

Roof, who is currently out on bond in connection with recent drug possession and trespassing arrests, is said to have a long history of violence and bigotry.

In the photo above, taken from his Facebook page, Roof appears to be wearing a badge that shows his support for apartheid in South Africa.

Witnesses say Roof shouted various racist slogans during the shooting and told one woman, "I have to do it. You rape out women and you're taking over our country."

"It is senseless," Charleston police chief Greg Mullen said during in a press conference held last night. "It is unfathomable that somebody would walk into a church when people are having a prayer meeting and take their lives."

Police believe Roof is driving a black Hyundai and is believed to still be in the Richland County area of South Carolina.

UPDATE: Roof has been arrested in Shelby, NC. A gun was found in his vehicle, and police say the suspect has been "cooperative" thus far.

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