Dylann Roof Went to Second Church After Massacre, Records Show

Dylann Roof, the white supremacist terrorist who killed nine churchgoers in a racially motivated hate crime in Charleston in 2015, had lists of other black churches in his auto the day of the murders and had targeted them for further killings, according to court documents released Tuesday. The GPS showed that Roof shut off the device for about two minutes as he approached Branch AME, a sign that he had stopped his vehicle near the church at 482 Jedburg Road, prosecutors said.

A Global Positioning System device in Roof's auto showed the device was shut off for two minutes, an indication he stopped his vehicle near the church. "I'm trying to get through it", Berry said Wednesday, moments before heading to the very Bible study class that was canceled the night of the shootings. Even if the gathering hadn't been canceled, it would've been over by the time Roof arrived, he said. They noted that Roof used interstate highways, telephones and the internet to prepare for and carry out his attack, and interstate commerce enabled him to obtain a foreign-made gun, ammunition, magazines and a tactical pouch that he used in the massacre of nine black worshippers at the Charleston church.

During Roof's trial, prosecutors presented evidence showing he had lists of other black churches in his auto when he was arrested in Shelby, North Carolina. He told them that he considered several targets including a "black festival" before deciding to attack Emanuel AME.

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Global Positioning System data revealed Roof's itinerary to investigators, court records not presented in the trial showed, according to ABC News. They argued the evidence was "irrelevant", and Roof had driven past the church.

The GPS data was not presented during his trial.

Last December, a federal court convicted white supremacist Dylann Roof of nine racially-motivated murders in the 2015 Charleston church massacre.

  • Adam Floyd