Summary

  1. Nine people killed by gunman at African-American church
  2. Police say suspect Dylann Roof, 21, is in custody
  3. He was arrested four hours away in Shelby, N Carolina
  4. Officers are treating it as a hate crime
  5. Victims have been named, aged from 26 to 87
  6. President Obama calls for shift in US attitudes to gun violence

Live Reporting

By Paul Blake, Tom Geoghegan, Thom Poole, Ashley Gold and Joel Gunter

All times stated are UK

This marks the end of our live coverage of the shooting in Charleston.

We'll continue to update the

main story, and provide up-to-the-minute coverage on radio and television.

For even more, follow

Aleem Maqbool and
Rajini Vaidyanathan on Twitter- both of whom are in Charleston.

Past church attacks

In his response to the attack, President Obama said the fact it took place in a black church evoked a "dark part of our history". Here are some previous incidents:

  • dynamite damages a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1958
  • four black girls are killed after the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963
  • about three dozen black churches are burned or bombed in Mississippi in 1964
  • President Clinton orders an investigation in 1996 after a spate of church fires, particularly at black churches
  • fire burns a church in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2008, hours after Barack Obama elected president

Hillary Clinton, who is running for president, said the tragedy means the country has to face "hard truths" about guns and race.

"How many innocent people in our country, from little children to church members to movie theatre attendees, how many people do we need to see cut down before we act?" the former first lady said in Las Vegas.

Roof 'wanted to start civil war'

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina
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Dylann Roof had been "planning something like that for six months," a friend of his, Dalton Tyler,

told ABC News.

"He was big into segregation and other stuff," he said. "He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself."

Pastor calls for change

Pastor Stephen Singleton, a former minister at the church where the shooting took place, says changes in the US laws on firearms are overdue.

"That's an issue that's been on the table for a long time. Every time it comes up, it generates a lot of discussion. But in the end there's nothing that's done about it. And I think that's because people in key places want it to remain the way it is. We should have already done it."

Victim profiles

The ages of victims ranged from 26 to 87.

Read their profiles

Composite image of the victims
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Help for victims

Following the attack, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley announced he was setting up the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

It will be used to aid the victims' families and the church. The website is not yet functioning but donations can be made

directly to the church.

Stain of hatred

Vice President Joe Biden has released a statement saying "as a nation we must confront the ravages of gun violence and the stain of hatred that continues to be visited on our streets, in our schools, in our houses of worship, and in our communities".

Suspect being moved

WISTV is reporting that Dylann Roof waived extradition during a court appearance in Cleveland County, North Carolina.

He is now being transported to Charleston, South Carolina, a journey of about 245 miles (395 km), or four hours by car.

The local government in Berkeley County, South Carolina, tweeted this about Rev Sharonda Singleton, 45, who was killed in the attack:

Ms. Coleman-Singleton was a reverend, track coach at Goose Creek High, speech therapist & incredible mother #chsnews

Ms. Coleman-Singleton was a reverend, track coach at Goose Creek High, speech therapist & incredible mother #chsnews

The city mourns

Rep Clyburn
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Woman crying
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Police officer walking with flowers
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Black man and white man hugging
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Men holding hands
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Flowers and greeting card
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Arrest timeline

Police have issued details of the arrest in Shelby:

  • 10:32 (15:32 BST) - police receive a call from a citizen about a possible sighting of Roof
  • 10:43 - officers spot Roof's car
  • 10:44 - officers stop the car and identify Roof
  • 10:49 - Roof is arrested and taken to the local police station

Shelby Police Chief Jeffrey Ledford said his team contacted Charleston police and they are now working out how he will be taken there (it's about four hours away).

Shelby police chief
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The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan tweets:

The scene of the #CharlestonShooting. Street opened up a bit since we were here earlier. @BBCNewsUS

The scene of the #CharlestonShooting. Street opened up a bit since we were here earlier. @BBCNewsUS

Pictures just released of suspect Dylann Roof leaving the police station in Shelby.

Dylann Roof
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The president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen has described the shooting as "an obvious hate crime" perpetrated by "someone who feels threatened by our country's changing demographics and the increasing prominence of African Americans in public life".

He notes that since 2000, his group has seen an increase in the number of hate groups in the US.

'Tireless servant'

South Carolina State Library, who employed one of the victims, Cynthia Hurd, closed its premises in Charleston today in memory of her and the others killed in the shooting.

A statement on Facebook said: "Cynthia was a tireless servant of the community who spent her life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth".

Another bomb threat

We're hearing reports that the Charleston County Building is being evacuated for a bomb threat.

Minutes ago, the coroner was holding a press conference inside the building and naming the victims of last night's shooting.

Earlier a church where a memorial service was being held was evacuated for the same reason.

Data picture that says 7,242 US Hate Crime victims in 2013
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For more on who's committing hate crimes in the US and why,

watch this video by David Botti (
@bottidavid).

Recent mass shootings

Earlier, President Obama said he "had to make statements like this too many times". You can see him

speaking here.

Here are some of the major shootings while he has been in office:

  • a US army psychiatrist opened fire at Foot Hood in Texas, killing 13 in 2009
  • a former graduate attacked a Colorado cinema showing the premiere of a Batman film, killing 12 in 2012
  • a white supremacist targeted at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, killing six in 2012
  • a young man attacked at a Connecticut elementary school, killing 26 people, including 20 children in 2012
  • a civilian contractor opened fire at a Washington DC naval base, killing 12 in 2013

Victims named

The victims have been officially named by the county coroner:

  • Cynthia Hurd, 54, female
  • Susie Jackson, 87, female
  • Ethel Lance, 70, female
  • Rev DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, female
  • Rev Clementa Pinckney, 41, male
  • Tywanza Sanders, 26, male
  • Rev Daniel Simmons Sr, 74, male, who died in hospital
  • Rev Sharonda Singleton, 45, female
  • Myra Thompson, 59, female

Paper apologises for gun ad

Charleston’s the Post and Courier has apologised after carrying an advert for a gun store on some of its editions earlier. The image has been very widely shared on social media. In response to a complaint on Facebook, the paper said it was a “deeply regrettable coincidence”.

Accentuating the irrationality of the Charleston news, the paper puts an ad for a gun shop on the front page today.

Accentuating the irrationality of the Charleston news, the paper puts an ad for a gun shop on the front page today.

The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan tweets:

"Rev Pinckney was a crusader...AME church holds a special place in our heart" - Rev Johnson, his friend. #Charleston

"Rev Pinckney was a crusader...AME church holds a special place in our heart" - Rev Johnson, his friend. #Charleston

First Lady lays candles

Michelle Obama, who is visiting Europe, made an unannounced visit to Milan's Duomo Cathedral with her daughters Malia (pictured) and Sasha. She is reported to have lit candles in memory of the victims of the shooting.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) and her daughter Malia visits Milan"s Dome in Milan, Italy
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Pinckney portrait

Cassie Cope, a reporter with South Carolina's the State newspaper, tweets:

Senate approves a portrait of Sen. Clementa Pinckney to be displayed in the Senate. #thestate

'Dark heart' of America

Columnists have started sharing their thoughts.

Charles Pierce

in Esquire says it's time for Americans to confront the "dark heart" of the country.

And Amy Davidson

in The New Yorker has called on leaders to say more about the "demons" that inhabit the nation.

We're hearing unconfirmed reports that the coroner will hold a press conference at 15:00 local time (20:00 BST) detailing the victims' identities.

'Senseless tragedy'

The South Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has issued a statement.

"Events like this are further evidence that we need to be fighting for racial equality in our daily lives. Although the motives are unclear at this point, this attack against black people in an institution that has such historical and cultural importance detracts from years of healing undertaken by our communities. Senator Pinckney stood for civil liberties and we mourn his loss with the other victims."

Bomb threat clear

The bomb threat at the Morris Brown AME church has been cleared, Charleston County Sheriff's office says.

Bomb threat at 15 Morris Street is all clear.

Scott family saddened

The family of

Walter Scott, the black man shot and killed by police in North Charleston, have said in a statement they were "shocked and saddened" by the latest shooting.

"We are thankful that the individual accused of carrying out this horrific act has been apprehended," they said. "It is our hope that justice will come swiftly."

Bomb threat

There has been a bomb threat at the Morris Brown AME Church in South Carolina, the site of vigil for the shooting victims. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool is there.

Police clear the area outside a church in Charleston where a vigil was just held. They tell us there's a bomb threat

Police clear the area outside a church in Charleston where a vigil was just held. They tell us there's a bomb threat

Coroner to give press conference

Charleston county coroner Rae Wooten will speak to the press at 15:00 local time, about an hour from now.

Coroner Rae Wooten will hold a press conference to identify victims of the #chs shooting at 3pm-Council Chambers at 4045 Bridge View Drive.

Ernest Britt, a staff member for Charleston mayoral candidate Ginny Deerin, was at the church on Sunday night. He described it in a Facebook

post as "absolutely beautiful, but not as beautiful as the people within".

Sunday at the church was "Children's Sunday" and Reverend Clementa Pinckney's entire family was on stage, leading the congregation in prayer, he said.

Another Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson, has commented, writing on his Facebook

page that "last night evil walked the streets of Charleston".

Carson, who is black, added: "In my lifetime I have seen such great progress, although racial-based hate is still very much alive, as last night so violently reminded us."

Obama statement in full

The White House has tweeted the full video of the president's statement.

Full video: Watch President Obama's statement on the tragic #CharlestonShooting. snpy.tv/1CftWZT

Confederate flag

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group that tracks hate groups and extremist individuals, says it had not been tracking Dylann Roof before the shooting.

On his Facebook page, he can be seen with a jacket with two patches - both flags of regimes of white minority rule in South Africa and Rhodesia.

And we're now hearing that the car that he drove had a licence plate that featured a confederate flag.

The suspect's car is now being towed under police escort.

Car being towed
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Car being towed
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Car being towed
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Charleston shooting suspect's car loaded into facility with ATF agents around
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Dylann Roof's home

Cynthia Roldan, a journalist from Charleston's Post and Courier, visited the suspect's home but was told to leave.

A man inside #DylannRoof's home declined to speak, adding we should get off his property before he called deputies.

A man inside #DylannRoof's home declined to speak, adding we should get off his property before he called deputies.

American 'sickness'

Presidential contenders at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington have been speaking about the tragedy.

"There's a sickness in our country, there's something terribly wrong, but it's not going to be fixed by our government... It's people not understanding where salvation comes from," said Senator Rand Paul.

"Today the body of Christ is in mourning," said Senator Ted Cruz. "A sick and deranged person came and prayed with a historically black congregation for an hour and then murdered nine souls… Believers across the world are lifting up the congregants."

Paying their respects

A makeshift memorial is being made near the church, and people are coming to lay flowers and pay their respects.

Mother and daughter hugging near the memorial
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Man leaning against a light pole staring at the memorial
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Man kneeling in front of the memorial
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A woman holds a card that says "wrapping you in love at a time when words fall short"
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A woman placing flowers at the memorial
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