Dylann Roof, 21, pictured here, wearing a jacket with the flags of the former white-racist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia. (Dylann Roof/Facebook)
Dylann Roof, 21, has been arrested in the shooting Wednesday night that left nine people dead in downtown Charleston. (Courtesy Photo)

(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.

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