Charleston shooter’s roommate: He ‘wanted to start civil war’

Charleston shooter’s roommate: He ‘wanted to start civil war’

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Dylann Roof, the alleged gunman authorities say is responsible for killing nine people in a predominantly black Charleston, South Carolina, church Wednesday night, had been “planning something like that for six months,” according to his roommate.

Dalton Tyler, who said he has known Roof for seven months to one year, said he saw the white, 21-year-old suspect just last week.

“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.”

The patches on his jacket in the already famous Facebook photo are symbols of apartheid-era South Africa and Rhodesia, which is what Zimbabwe was known as when it was still ruled by whites. Those patches are common at white-supremacist events according to a source who spoke to the WSJ. “Storm,” his alleged middle name, is also apparently a name frequently used by skinhead types in honor of the Stormfront website. …

How many other people around him had reason to think he might be dangerous? His uncle says the family had no inkling of violence in his character, to the point that Roof’s father evidently felt safe giving him a .45-caliber pistol as a birthday present this year. But that was in April; the mall incident and drug bust happened more than a month earlier, and apparently his roommate had reason to think he had bad intentions.

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