This is who they are saying he is:
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Law enforcement officials in Charleston, South Carolina, were searching on Thursday for a 21-year-old white gunman who killed nine people in a historic African-American church including a black state senator in an attack the U.S. Department of Justice called a hate crime.
The FBI identified the shooter as Dylann Roof of Columbia, South Carolina. An uncle of Roof’s said he recognized the man in the surveillance photo as his nephew.
“The more I look at him, the more I’m convinced, that’s him,” Carson Cowles, 56, told Reuters in a phone interview.
Law enforcement agents were present at Roof’s home, Cowles said, adding he believed the shooter’s father had recently bought him a .45-caliber handgun as a birthday present.
The victims, six females and three males, included Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was the church’s pastor and a Democratic member of the state Senate, according to colleagues.
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