Meet Dylann Storm Roof.
The 21 year old THUG (yeah I said it) posed for the mugshot above after he allegedly?opened fire Wednesday night at a prayer meeting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people.
Roof, was at the historic African-American church for about an hour, where he attended a prayer meeting with his eventual victims but sometime during the services, Roof decided he wanted to ‘kill Black people’ and began firing shots inside the place of worship to accomplish his?mission.
[Sidebar: Talk about terrorism!! Now they want us scared to go to church. The devil is hella busy this week!]
More details about this horrendous crime below…
Witnesses at the church told investigators that the gunman stood up and said he was there ?to shoot black people,? a law enforcement official said.
Thursday, Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten identified the shooting victims as follows:
Cynthia Hurd, 54; Suzy Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59.
[READ: Remembering Charleston Church Shooting Victims… (BIOS & PHOTOS)]
The victims ?were killed because they were black,? Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis told CNN?s Nick Valencia on Thursday.
Roof was armed when he was arrested Thursday in Shelby, North Carolina ? about a 3?-hour drive north-northwest of Emanuel AME Church, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. It?s not clear if it?s the same firearm used in the shootings.
Police had said earlier that Roof, of Lexington, South Carolina, may have been driving a black Hyundai with vehicle tag LGF330. He was arrested after a traffic stop prompted by a tip from a citizen, police said.
VIDEO: Dylann Storm Roof Taken Into Custody (RAW FOOTAGE)
As you can see, Roof was given a bulletproof vest and wasn’t even handcuffed as he was taken into custody. ?I assume authorities didn’t see the (alleged) mass murderer as a threat after killing 9 people in a church.
[Sidebar: It’s amazing that Roof was able to walk away from the vehicle ALIVE being that he was an armed suspect in a church shooting where 9 people were killed as opposed to Tamir Rice, a 12 year old who was ‘armed’ with a toy gun who was killed within seconds of police arriving to the scene… but I digress.]
Sadly, Roof’s case is yet another example of how race affects how suspects are treated. He was also flown back to Charleston in a private jet to face charges…
A statement from the Georgia branch of the NAACP said, ?There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of scripture.?
A female survivor told family members that the gunman told her he was letting her live to tell everyone else what happened, Dot Scott, president of the local branch of the NAACP, told CNN.
Also, as the Charleston state flags fly half-mast in honor of the shooting victims, the confederate flags are still flying high and proud.
According to Gawker,?the bizarre display of racist symbolism is so closely protected that it would be impossible to move it without a legislative vote.
The continued display is something of a technical issue: it?s affixed to the top of the flagpole,?not on a pulley, meaning that it would be difficult if not impossible to lower it halfway without taking it down altogether?a proposition that presents its own set of problems.
State law demands that the government ?ensure that the flags authorized above shall be placed at all times as directed in this section and shall replace the flags at appropriate intervals as may be necessary due to wear,??writes Schuyler Kropf at the?Post and Courier.?In other words, the flag can?t be pulled down until it?s voted on.
What do you think of this horrendous situation??