Charleston Church Shooter Confesses He “Wanted To Start A Race War”

Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof is escorted from the Cleveland County Courthouse in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof is a suspect in the shooting of several people Wednesday night at the historic The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Via Associated Press

Accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof has confessed to shooting and killing nine people Wednesday night, CNN is reporting.

Officials told the cable news network that Roof told investigators that he wanted to start a race war when he opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Roof is white.

He told police that he bought the .45-caliber hangun used in the shootings, officials told CNN.

An official said earlier that Roof’s father bought him a Glock handgun for his birthday.  

Roof is scheduled for a bond hearing Friday afternoon. 

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