Church Shooting Timeline: Before The Massacre And Beyond

CHARLESTON, SC - JUNE 19:  Cindy Samaroo pays her respects in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after a
CHARLESTON, SC - JUNE 19: Cindy Samaroo pays her respects in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after a mass shooting at the church that killed nine people of June 19, 2015. A 21-year-old white gunman is suspected of killing nine people during a prayer meeting in the church, which is one of the nation's oldest black churches in Charleston. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Fall 2014
Suspect Dylann Roof talks of a possible attack, according to a friend, Dalton Taylor. Taylor told ABC News that Roof had been planning "something" for at least six months. “He said he wanted to start a civil war," Taylor said. "He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.”

April 2015
At a gun store in Charleston, South Carolina, Roof reportedly buys the .45-caliber handgun allegedly used in the attack.

Wednesday, June 17, around 8 p.m.*
Roof shows up at a Bible study group at the predominantly black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Wednesday, 9 p.m.
The suspect stands up and begins firing. He kills nine in the room, including Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the church's pastor and a South Carolina State senator.

Thursday, June 18, 6:45 a.m.
Law enforcement officials post images of the suspect and his car taken from surveillance video. He is soon identified as Dylann Roof, 21.

Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
Police in Shelby, North Carolina, learn of a possible sighting of Roof in the town.

Thursday, 10:45 a.m.
Police nab Roof at a traffic stop in Shelby and soon take him into custody.

Thursday, 12:30 p.m.
President Barack Obama takes to the airwaves to express despair and anger over the massacre.

Thursday, 3 p.m.
In addition to Pinckney, other victims are identified: Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Sharonda Singleton; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.; and DePayne Doctor.

Thursday, 3:45 p.m.
Roof is publicly identified as the suspect.

Thursday, 6:20 p.m.
Roof is extradited to Charleston.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Roof is booked and his mug shot is released.

Friday, 7:30 a.m.
Reports emerge that Roof confessed to the crime, telling authorities that he wanted to start a race war.

Friday afternoon
Roof makes his first court appearance, via remote camera, hearing the charges against him. They include nine counts of murder. Victims' relatives attend the bond hearing.

*All times are approximate.



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