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Report: Charleston Shooting Suspect Headed To Nashville Before Capture

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Jun 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:51:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a recorded conversation with police, the suspect accused of fatally shooting nine people inside a historic black church in Charleston, said he was headed to Nashville prior to his captured in North Carolina, according to a report.

CBS affiliate WBTV has reported that 21-year-old Dylann Roof told investigators he suspected he would be caught before he got out of Charleston. Roof then reportedly said he was going to Nashville at the time he was taken into custody.

According to WBTV, he told investigators, “I've never been there [Nashville] before.”

Roof has been accused of killing nine people during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night.

Roof was arrested in North Carolina, where he waived extradition and was returned to South Carolina Thursday night under heavy guard.

A friend who recently reconnected with Roof prior to the shooting said he told him that “blacks were taking over the world” and “someone needed to do something about it for the white race,” according to CBS News.

The Emmanuel AME Church, located in the heart of downtown Charleston, is the oldest AME church in the south. The church has been described as the headquarters of the Civil Rights movement in Charleston in the 1960s.

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