(The Post and Courier) – The young white man arrested Thursday in the shooting deaths at a historic black Charleston church lived near the swamps of the Congaree River, wore white supremacist patches, had strong conservative beliefs about the South and may have recently received a gun for his birthday, according to friends and relatives.
Just before noon, police arrested Dylann Storm Roof, 21, about 250 miles from Charleston in Shelby, N.C., ending a 15-hour manhunt.
But the public’s first glimpse of the shooting suspect came earlier in the morning when police circulated surveillance photographs.
The photographs showed a thin white man who appeared to be in his 20s with a bowl haircut enter the wooden doors of Emanuel AME church at 8:16 p.m., after parking a dark-colored Hyundai. The shooting happened about an hour later.