Charleston, South Carolina – Shooting Suspect Dylann Storm Roof is in custody at the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. His bond hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday. Earlier, Roof waived extradition in North Carolina, where he was captured, and was sent back to South Carolina. He also waived his right to counsel, reports the Associated Press.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the horrific shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston.
“Our prayers are with the families of the victims and the people of Charleston. We are all heartbroken by this tragedy.”
“To the families of the victims, please know that you are being prayed for and loved by so many in the community and across the nation. I pray that God will provide you healing in the coming days.”
“There are bad people in this world who are motivated by hate. Every decent person has been victimized by the hateful, callous disregard for human life shown by the individual who perpetrated these horrible acts.”
“Our sense of security and well-being has been robbed and shaken.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump today announced that he is postponing his scheduled visit to the Lowcountry of South Carolina due to the “shockingly sad” events that occurred in Charleston.
“The tragic events that occurred on Wednesday evening should be our nation’s primary focus for the foreseeable future,” stated Mr. Trump. “This is a time for healing, not politics.”
Mr. Trump, who announced his candidacy for President on Tuesday in New York, is in the midst of a multi-state tour that includes stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. He was scheduled to appear before a capacity crowd in the residential community of Sun City in Bluffton, South Carolina.
“I look forward to returning to South Carolina and continuing our discussion on how we can best move our country forward,” said Trump. “Until that time our prayers and deepest condolences are with the people of Charleston and the families of those who have been torn apart by this senseless act of violence and hate.”
The Trump campaign announced that the South Carolina event will be rescheduled in the near future.