Crime

Dylann Storm Roof: Charleston Shooting Suspect Pictured Wearing Apartheid-Era South Africa Flags

| by Sean Kelly

The newly-captured suspect in the mass shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina, church was pictured wearing apartheid-era South Africa and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) flags on his jacket.

Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old suspect in the shooting, was shown in a Facebook photo wearing the flags on patches that were pinned to a jacket. Another Facebook photo allegedly showed Roof sitting on top of his car, which had a vanity license plate that included the Confederate flag. 

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Roof, a Columbia, South Carolina, resident, was captured in Shelby, North Carolina, after fleeing following the murders of nine people at Emanuel AME church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night.

Roof was previously arrested in March and April of this year for possession of a controlled substance, as well as trespassing, Reuters reports.

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Before killing the individuals inside the church — one of whom was pastor and State Sen. Clementa Pinckney — Roof reportedly told victims that he "had to do it."

"You rape our women. You're taking over our country. And you have to go," Roof allegedly said.

The church is a historically black church, International Business Times reports.

The shooting was declared a hate crime, and is being investigated as such, according to Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen.

Sources: International Business Times, Daily Beast