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Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old lunatic police say walked into a Charleston, SC church and fatally shot 9 people attending Bible Study class, was arrested in Shelby, NC on Thursday. Shelby is 250 miles from Charleston.
Investigators say police stopped Dylann Roof at US Hwy 74 West and Plato Lee Road, west of Shelby, following a tip from the public. A citizen reported a suspicious vehicle.
Roof used an ATM in Charlotte, NC around 5:45 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Providence Road and Ballantyne Commons Parkway according to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) officers said.
Roof’s childhood friend, Joey Meek, alerted the FBI after recognizing him in a surveillance camera image that was widely circulated. Roof had worn the same sweatshirt while playing Xbox video games in their home recently.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley thanked law enforcement for their efforts in the arrest of Roof. Appearing at times on the verge of tears, Haley said: “You have now allowed us to start healing and tell children that the suspect is in custody.” She said this was a “very, very sad day in South Carolina, but it is a day that we will get through.”
This is scene in Cleveland Co where Charleston shooting suspect caught...from Sky 3. pic.twitter.com/TkPOGhwxFb— John Carter WBTV (@JohnCarterWBTV) June 18, 2015
The scene where Dylann Roof was arrested around 11 a.m. on U.S. 74 near Plato Lee Road in Shelby. (Brittany Randolph/The Shelby Star)