The most hated man in America smirks as he is hauled away in handcuffs, bullet-proof vest

This is the man who allegedly entered a South Carolina church last night and massacred nine people at their weekly bible study meeting.

Dylann Storm Roof, 21, smirked as he was hauled away in handcuffs and a bullet-proof vest from the Shelby, North Carolina police department on Thursday. He has waived extradition in North Carolina and has been cleared to return to South Carolina.

Just hours earlier, he had been arrested after a member of the public spotted his car and called the cops, Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said. Roof, from Columbia, was in his vehicle and armed when he was approached by an officer but he was cooperative and taken into custody.

‘In America, we don’t let bad people like this get away,’ said Charleston Mayor, Joseph P. Riley, Jr. at a press conference announcing the arrest.

On Wednesday, Roof allegedly entered the church and joined the bible study group for as long as an hour before suddenly opening fire on the group.

One survivor recounted how he reloaded his gun five times as he picked off his victims – killing three females and six males, including the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who is also a South Carolina state senator.

Pinckney’s cousin told NBC News that one of the survivors told her they had urged Roof to stop.

‘He just said: “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go”,’ Sylvia Johnson said.

Roof spared one woman so she could ‘tell the world what happened’, eye witnesses recounted, while a five-year-old girl also survived the attack after her grandmother told her to play dead. The gunman then fled.

Police launched a massive manhunt for Roof and released surveillance images showing him and his car, warning the public that he was dangerous. He was eventually caught on Thursday morning.

His roommate also told ABC News that Roof had been ‘planning something like that for six months’.

‘He was big into segregation and other stuff,’ the roommate, Dalton Tyler, said. ‘He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.’

As the search was underway, Roof’s uncle, Carson Cowles, also revealed that his ‘quiet, soft spoken’ nephew had received a .45 caliber pistol as a birthday present in April. Tyler, the roommate, told ABC that Roof’s parents had not allowed him to take the new weapon with him until last week.

Despite the roommate’s claims about his plot, Cowles said the family was shocked by the killings.

‘Nobody in my family had seen anything like this coming,’ Cowles said. ‘I said, if it is him, and when they catch him, he’s got to pay for this.’

Source: The DailyMail

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