Roof, who was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina, will face charges in Charleston for the shooting that killed nine

By Michael Zennie
June 18, 2015 08:00 PM
Chuck Burton/AP

Dylann Storm Roof, who was arrested in the shooting massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was flown back to Charleston Thursday night after he waived extradition.

The 21-year-old was pictured boarding a small plane surrounded by police officers at Cleveland County Regional Airport in Shelby, North Carolina.

He was shackled and wearing a bulletproof vest as he was led aboard the aircraft for a short flight 250 miles south.

Dylann Roof boarding plane to Charleston

Roof was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina Thursday morning following a massive manhunt after he was identified as the suspect of what is being called a hate crime massacre at Emanuel AME Church, a 150-year-old historic African American institution in the city. Nine victims died in the shooting attack on Wednesday night.

“I believe he acted alone,” Police Chief Gregory Mullen said in a press conference Thursday. “We don’t have any reason to believe there was anyone else involved.”

Investigators had tracked Roof’s credit card usage to Charlotte, North Carolina. A citizen called in a report of “suspicious activity” and Roof was arrested “without incident,” Mullen said.

Roof was in a vehicle when he was approached by Shelby police officers, Mullen confirmed.

“We will be looking at what motivated this individual, if he was the shooter, to commit this crime,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a news conference on Thursday. “We are not going to be revealing or discussing details of the investigation at this time.”

In a press conference on Thursday, President Obama confirmed the Attorney General had announced plans for the FBI to open a hate crime investigation surrounding the shooting.

“A suspect is in custody and I will allow the best of law enforcement to do its work to make sure that justice is served,” Obama said.

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