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The U.S. Attorney General confirmed Thursday morning they caught Dylann Roof, 21, for the fatal shootings. Multiple reports say he was arrested in North Carolina around 11:30 Thursday morning.
A gunman opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime.
Police said Thursday morning the suspected shooter was inside the church for more than an hour before he started shooting. There were 13 people inside the church when the shooting began, including the shooter. Three people survived the shooting, and the FBI is interviewing them now.
The shooter remained at large Thursday morning and police released photographs from surveillance video of a suspect and a possible getaway vehicle.
The victims of the shooting are six females and three males, Mullen said Thursday morning. He did not give other details about the victims.
Mullen said he believed the attack at the Emanuel AME Church was a hate crime. The suspect was described as a white man in his early 20s.