Dylann Storm Roof is an American white supremacist, neo-Nazi and mass murderer convicted for perpetrating the Charleston church shooting on June 17, 2015, in the U.S. state of South Carolina. During a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Roof killed nine people, all African Americans, including senior pastor and state senator Clementa C. Pinckney, and injured one other person. After several people identified Roof as the main suspect, he became the center of a manhunt that ended the morning after the shooting with his arrest in Shelby, North Carolina. He later confessed that he committed the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war. Roof's actions in Charleston have been widely described as domestic terrorism. Three days after the shooting, a website titled The Last Rhodesian was discovered and later confirmed by officials to be owned by Roof.
|Born||Dylann Storm Roof, April 3, 1994, Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.|
|Known for||Perpetrator of the Charleston church shooting|
|Criminal charge||Federal (33 counts), Hate crime act resulting in death (9 counts), Hate crime act involving an attempt to kill (3 counts), Obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death (9 counts), Obstruction of exercise of religion involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon (3 counts), Use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence (9 counts) South Carolina State (13 counts), Murder (9 counts), Attempted murder (3 counts), Possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime|
|Criminal penalty||Death (federal), Life imprisonment (state)|
|Criminal status||Found guilty of all charges and sentenced to death in federal court, pleaded guilty to all counts in state court and received nine life sentences, currently incarcerated and awaiting execution at United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, Indiana|
Suspected shooter of the 2015 Charleston church shooting who claimed to have taken the lives of nine African Americans, including a senior pastor state senator Clementa C. Pinckney. He was charged with nine counts of murder and faced the death penalty.
He was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder growing up. He worked for his father as a landscaper for a time.
He confessed that he committed the heinous crime in order to ignite a race war. He owned a website called The Last Rhodesian which featured pictures of him with symbols of white supremacy and neo-Nazism.
He was born in parents Franklin Bennett and Amelia Cowles, a carpenter and bartender, respectively. His parents divorced and his father remarried a woman named Paige Mann.
He claimed to have developed his white supremacist views following the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
- People convicted of hate crimes
- Criminals from South Carolina
- People convicted of murder by South Carolina
- Prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment by South Carolina
- Charleston church shooting
- Prisoners sentenced to death by the United States federal government
- People extradited within the United States
- American people convicted of attempted murder
- American neo-Nazis
- People convicted of murder by the United States federal government
- American mass murderers
- American prisoners sentenced to death
- 21st-century American criminals
- American male criminals
- American conspiracy theorists
Latest information about Dylann Roof updated on June 07 2021.