|| By FITSNEWS || Dylann Storm Roof – the suspected perpetrator of the “Holy City Massacre” – has reportedly been arrested by law enforcement officers in Shelby, N.C., a town of roughly 20,000 people located near the South Carolina border north of Spartanburg.
Roof, 21, of Columbia, S.C., was wanted in connection with the murder of nine people (including S.C. Senator Clementa Pinckney) in a savage attack at the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C.
According to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Roof has two prior arrests on his record – a late February drug charge in Lexington County, S.C. (which resulted in him being briefly jailed) and an April trespassing charge which was awaiting disposition.
Roof’s drug charge was for the manufacture and possession of a controlled substance known as Suboxone.
According to the arrest warrant on the February charge (.pdf here), store owners at Columbiana mall in northwest Columbia, S.C. complained about Roof’s behavior inside the shopping center to police – prompting law enforcement to question him. After consenting to being searched, police found a “white unlabeled pill bottle containing multiple orange in color strips.”
Roof admitted he did not have a prescription for the substance – which is used to treat heroin addiction.
According to police in Charleston, Roof entered the church at around 8:00 p.m. EDT and sat with Pinckney (Emanuel’s pastor) and his fellow parishioners – who were participating in a Bible study/ prayer meeting.
At around 9:00 p.m. EDT, he opened fire – repeatedly.
“I have to do it,” Roof allegedly told his victims as he reloaded his weapon. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”
Pinckney, his sister and seven others died. According to S.C. Senator Gerald Malloy, Pinckney’s wife and one of his children were present in the church at the time of the massacre.