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Charleston church gunman indicted with nine counts of murder

INDICTED: Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof

THE MAN accused in a deadly shooting rampage at a historic black church was indicted yesterday (Jul 7) on nine murder charges, three attempted murder charges and a weapon offense.

Dylann Roof, 21, is the only suspect in the June 17 South Carolina massacre that left nine people dead at Charleston's predominantly black Emanuel AME Church.

The victims had at an evening Bible study, and Roof apparently joined them for several minutes before he drew a gun and began shooting.

Survivors told police that Roof shouted racist epithets during the massacre. Roof reportedly told at least one survivor that she was letting her live so she could tell others what happened.

Roof had already been charged by state warrants with the nine murder counts and one count of possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Three additional attempted murder charges related to people who survived the shooting were presented to the grand jury, prosecutor Scarlett Wilson said in a statement.

The massacre has brought fresh attention to the divisive issues of race relations and crime in the United States and reignited a debate over gun control in a country where the right to own firearms is protected by the US Constitution.

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