For the first time since testimony in the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof started, the jury and the public got to hear his voice.
“I went to that church in Charleston, and, uh ... I did it,” said Roof in a video confession taken by the FBI at the Shelby, N.C., police department where he was being held after he was arrested.
The government made the video of Roof’s confession public Friday afternoon.
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Roof, then 21, told investigators that he went through seven magazines when shooting black parishioners at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015.
When asked how many people he shot, Roof said he didn’t know.
“If I was going to guess ... five,” Roof said. “Maybe? I’m really not sure exactly.”
Roof told FBI agents he was pacing around in the church while he shot parishioners, because he was “freaking out” a little bit.
When the court resumed, the part of the video where he explained why did the shooting played.
“Well, I had to do it because somebody had to do something, because black people are killing white people everyday in the streets,” said Roof on the video. “The fact of the matter is that what I did is minuscule to what they’re doing to white people all of the time.”
When Roof was asked by the FBI investigator if it was true that he told one of the parishioners he was leaving her alive so that she could relive to tell the story, Roof leaned back in the video.
“Yeah,” he said chuckling.
The government released other videos from the case on Friday including surveillance video immediately before and after the shootings.
Other surveillance video shows the Reverand Clementa Pinckney, who died in the attack, greeting parishioners arriving for bible study.