Charleston Shooting Suspect Identified by FBI as Dylann Roof, 21 – ABC News

The alleged gunman police say is responsible for killing nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church Wednesday night has been identified as Dylann Roof, 21, FBI sources say.

Charleston police also identified Roof, of Lexington, South Carolina, as the suspect.

The suspect opened fire on a bible study group at the historic predominantly black Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street, killing eight people in an “unfathomable” act of violence. One other person was rushed to the hospital and died. Police originally said two people were hospitalized.

Police said the alleged gunman, whom the mayor called a “horrible scoundrel,” was inside the church attending the prayer meeting with worshipers for almost an hour.

Police said three of the victims were males and six were females. Their ages were not clear.

Three people survived the shooting, but details about them were not immediately available.

“This is a situation that is unacceptable in any society and especially in our society and our city,” Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said.

Early this morning, police released pictures from surveillance footage showing the suspect, a white man, approximately 21 to 25 years old, as well as the car he was driving, police said.

“This is an extremely dangerous individual,” Mullen said.

The suspect was described as approximately 5-foot-9, wearing a sweatshirt with distinctive markings and Timberland boots, police said.

Roof may be driving a black Hyundai with vehicle tag LGF330, police said.

PHOTO: Charleston, South Carolina police released images, June 18, 2015, showing a car driven by a man suspected in a deadly church shooting.

PHOTO: Worshippers gather to pray down the street from the Emanuel AME Church following a shooting, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina.

“This is an all-hands-on deck effort with the community and law enforcement,” Mullen said.

Police said they had set up a tip line — 1-800-CALL-FBI — advised the public to be alert and said to call 911 and not approach.

“When people go out they should be vigilant,” Mullen said.

PHOTO: Police close off a section of Calhoun Street near the Emanuel AME Church following a shooting, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina.

PHOTO: Police stand outside the Emanuel AME Church following a shooting, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina.

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