US is mourning the victims of its latest gun massacre, after a
21-year-old white man allegedly shot dead nine people inside a historic
African-American church in the US city of Charleston.
what was described as a “hate crime,” Dylann Roof spent nearly an hour
inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night
before killing six women and three men, including the pastor, according
to Greg Mullen, Charleston police chief.
Roof was detained during a traffic stop about three-hours drive away in North Carolina on Thursday.
waived extradition and was taken to a waiting police car wearing a
bulletproof vest, with shackles on his feet and his hands cuffed behind
were held across the US on Thursday night and Americans took to social
media to debate how to label the latest mass shooting.
described the killing as a hate crime committed by a lone wolf, and
others saying the incident should be described as “terrorism”.
shooting is expected to bring the issue of gun control back to the
political agenda as President Barack Obama’s final term winds down and
the 2016 presidential race gains momentum.
On Thursday, Obama addressed the nation on the shooting.
said he and his wife Michelle knew 41-year-old Reverend Clementa
Pinckney, the pastor who was killed along with eight others on Wednesday