Details into Charleston shooting suspect’s background emerge

| June 19, 2015

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – There are new details emerging into what happened in the months leading up to the moment police say Dylann Roof opened fire inside a Charleston church, killing nine people.

The 21-one-year-old is from the Midlands area, but Friday morning he was behind bars more than 100 miles away, facing charges in the mass killing at Emanuel AME Church.

Roof's parents haven't spoken about the charges pending against their son, but one family member is: his uncle, Carson Cowles. Cowles said Roof has given the family a legacy a reputation that they will never be able to escape or change. Cowles also said he hopes whatever happens to his nephew Dylann through the court of law, Dylann should pay for the crimes he's accused of, if he is convicted.

Cowles also said just a few months ago, Dylann received a gun for his birthday from his father. 

While it's not clear if Roof has shown any violent behavior in the past, he has had some run ins with law enforcement before.

Columbia police took him into custody earlier in 2015 at a mall after employees at two stores told security a white man wearing all black had been in their stores asking unusual questions, including how many employees were working, what time the stores closed and what time workers left.



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