Law enforcement officials from around the state were requesting the public’s assistance earlier in locating a man who is believed to have shot and killed nine parishioners at a Charleston-area church Wednesday evening.
The BOLO, or “be on the lookout out” for advisory Charleston police officials issued earlier was for a white male suspect standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a slender build entered the Emanuel AME church located at 110 Calhoun Street in Charleston at around 8 p.m. The suspect then opened fire on members of the church, killing six women and three men. The suspect is believed to have then fled the area in a black, four-door sedan.
A source close to the investigation says the suspect in a Charleston AME church shooting that killed nine Wednesday night was captured Thursday in Shelby, N.C.
Authorities named 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, of the Columbia area, as the suspect in the shooting that killed nine, including state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, a longtime South Carolina legislator who was pastor of the church.
Officials had earlier said the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.