Dylann Storm Roof, a 21 year-old Caucasian male was arrested Thursday morning in Shelby, North Carolina in relation to the shooting deaths of nine people at Charleston, South Carolina’s historical Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night.
Shortly after the shooting President Obama commented on the shooting at a press conference at The White House.
“I’ve had to make statements like this too many times,” the President said. “Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people, were killed in-part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.“
In February, Roof was arrested and later charged for possession of Suboxone, a prescription narcotic.
A federal felony charge should have precluded Roof from obtaining a firearm, but he was given one through a legal loophole.
South Carolina is one of 42 states that do not require background checks for private transactions of firearms, like the one through which Roof obtained his weapon.
Authorities are investigating this shooting as though it were a hate-crime.
Roof’s Facebook profile picture, which is shown above, features him wearing a variety of white supremacist symbols, such as the South African apartheid flag.
Amongst the nine killed in the Charleston shooting was Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, a South Carolina state senator and the pastor of Emanuel AME Church.
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