The suspect of Wednesday’s shooting in Charleston, South Carolina has been apprehended.
The suspected killer has been identified as Dylann Roof, 21, and is wanted for the killing of nine people during Bible study at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, Huffington Post reports.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch confirmed Thursday that the suspect has been captured.
“I’ve had to make statements like this too many times. Communities have had to endure tragedies like this too many times,” President Barack Obama said in a news conference. “There is something particularly heartbreaking about death happening in a place in which we seek solace.”
CNN reports Roof was apprehended at a traffic stop in Shelby, a city located about 245 miles from Charleston, approximately 14 hours after the manhunt began.
Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen called the mass shooting a hate crime during a news conference Thursday morning. The FBI and Department of Justice are investigating the shooting as a hate crime.
“The only reason someone could walk into a church and shoot people praying is out of hate,” Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said at a Thursday news conference. “It is the most dastardly act that one could possibly imagine.”