Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white male was arrested on Thursday for the killing of nine people at a historic black church in Charlston, North Carolina, USA.
Police reports said he walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night, spent about an hour within the premises before opening fire on worshippers who were gathered for a bible study session.
Police launched a manhunt for him after picking up his profile from a survelliance video and this afternoon, he was apprehended.
Now, it has emerged that the gun he used was a 21st birthday gift from his father
Of the nine people killed, six were female and three were male.
The church’s pastor, Clementa Pinckney, is also a state senator, He was also killed in the attack.
The more than 150-year-old Emmanuel AME church has a predominantly black congregation and is one of the oldest in the country.