A man kneels across the street from where police gather outside the Emanuel AME Church following a shooting, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.
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Suspected shooter captured in South Carolina

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At a morning press conference, Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen briefed reporters on the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, which left nine people dead. Mullen added, in reference to the suspected gunman, “We will catch this individual.”
 
As of now, it appears the alleged shooter has, in fact, been caught.
Police have captured the suspected gunman who fatally shot nine church members gathered for Bible study and prayer Wednesday night, according to law enforcement officials and lawmakers.
NBC News has confirmed that the apparent shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was apprehended this morning. He was taken into custody in Shelby, North Carolina, nearly 250 miles from the scene of the deadly shooting.
 
At the federal level, the Justice Department has already opened a hate-crime investigation and President Obama is expected to make public remarks about the murders in a few minutes.
 
Update: As for how the suspect was apprehended, a local report tells quite a tale.
Thursday started out like any other day for Debbie Dills, except she was a “little late” coming into work at Frady’s Florist in Kings Mountain.
 
However, that “little late” led to an act of pure heroism.
MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall , 6/18/15, 11:21 AM ET

Officials: Suspected Charleston gunman arrested

Law enforcement officials tell local affiliate WLTX that suspected gunman Dylann Roof has been arrested in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof is suspected of opening fire Wednesday night at a prayer meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine.

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Suspected shooter captured in South Carolina

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