The 21-year-old white gunman suspected of killing nine people at a black church in the southeastern U.S. city of Charleston was arrested Thursday, police chief Gregory Mullen announced.
Dylann Roof was taken into custody during a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina, about a four-hour drive from the scene of the mass shooting, Mullen told reporters.
The police chief said Charleston city detectives were preparing to fly to Shelby to interview Roof about what he called a “tragic, heinous crime.”
suspect is arrested as police respond to a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 17, 2015. (Reuters)
Local network ABC4 News earlier said police were also investigating a possible bomb threat.
Lisa Doctor joins a prayer circle down the street from the Emanuel AME Church early Thursday, June 18, 2015 following a shooting Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C. (AP)