Accused murderer and mass shooter Dylann Roof laughed as he confessed to his alleged crimes in a video shown during his trial on Dec. 9. Roof, who is accused of entering the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015 and killing nine people, also confessed to being a white supremacist.
"I went to that church in Charleston and I did it," Roof told law enforcement agents in the video and laughed, reports CNN.
"Did you shoot them?" an agent asks Roof.
"Yes," Roof replies.
Later in the video, Roof and investigators delve into the racial factors motivating the crime.
"I like Charleston," Roof begins. "It's historic, too, you know. I think at one time it had the highest ratio of blacks to white during slavery, and AME is a historic church. I researched black churches.”
Roof then says the shooting was “political” and describes himself as a white supremacist. "Our people are superior," he continues. "That's just the fact."
According to The Post and Courier, a friend of Roof’s, Joey Meek, pleaded guilty in April to knowing of Roof’s plans and failing to alert authorities.
“He was going to go down to Charleston and do what he had to do,” Meek said, adding that he knew Roof had purchased a handgun and wanted to start a race war.
According to WCSC, Felicia Sanders, who survived the shooting, testified against Roof. She called him “evil, evil, evil.”
According to CNN, Tywanza Sanders, a relative of Sanders, confronted Roof after he began shooting. "We mean you no harm," Tywanza told the gunman. Roof responded, "Y'all are raping our white women, y'all are taking over the world."