Thanks for telling us a day late and a dollar short. Dalton Tyler, the roommate of Dylann Roof, the gunman responsible for the murder of nine people in South Carolina’s historic Emmanuel AME church, says that Dylann had been “planning something like that for six months.”
“He was big into segregation and other stuff,” Tyler said. “He said he wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.”
Tyler said he met Roof, a Lexington, South Carolina native, through a good friend. He also said Roof’s parents, with whom he said the suspect was “on and off,” had previously bought him a gun but never allowed him to take it with him until this past week.
Dylan Roof’s grandfather, Joe Roof, declined to comment to ABC News.
Police said Roof was arrested today at a traffic stop in Shelby, North Carolina, about 250 miles north of Charleston.
A citizen saw the suspect’s car and reported it to police, who responded and made the arrest, police said. Roof cooperated with the officer who stopped him, according to police.
Officials said they believe Roof acted alone.
Should his roomate be charged?