is in new york. chris, we can tell you that the city of charleston is reeling from this cold-blooded massacre. nine people killed while in bible study at one of the nation east most authorities captured the alleged gunman in north carolina. this morning, chris, he is back here in charleston to face charges. >> we'll be watching that today, alisyn. you have a lot of reporting on the hate crime. the act of terrorism spiking debates about gun laws and whether we should be focusing on just terrorism overseas or what is possible back here at home. was this massacre an act of terrorism is a question on many minds, alisyn. >> chris, all of this, as disturbing details of the suspect's past. his racist comments and ties to white supremacy. >> how you feeling?
>> why did you do it? >> behind bars the alleged mass murderer accused of killing nine people at an historic african-american church in charleston, south carolina. this cell phone video captured moments before shows roof sitting at a table with a small bible study group. the 21-year-old inside for about an hour before hoping fire. one of the survivors pleaded with the gunman to stop. >> after the young man tried to stop him from doing what he wanted to finish off. he said, no you are taking over the country. >> after the massacre roof fled the scene. 14 hours later -- >> it was god who made this happen. >> reporter: a floral shop owner spots the alleged shooter more than 200 miles away in north carolina. following roof until police
arrested him without incident. >> god heard the prayers of the people and used us to get his work done. >> reporter: he was quote, big into segregation, alleging he was plotting this for six months. his childhood friend tells the network -- >> he wanted to make something spark up the race war again. >> reporter: this reveals two flags on his jacket was from south africa and the other from rohde shah. >> there's something bad and hateful going on. >> reporter: the community left reeling. the governor of south carolina fighting back tears. >> the heart and soul of south carolina was broken. we have some grieving to do. we have some pain we have to go through. >> reporter: president obama said he and michelle personally knew several members of the
historic church. >> to say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and their community doesn't say enough to convey the heart ache and the sadness and the anger that we feel. >> now, it is still not clear if his roommate went to authorities. cnn reached out to both the roommate and meeks. michaela we want to go to her to look at how the victims at the church have been drawn together now by their faith. good morning, michaela. >> faith is going to be what holds them together. vigils are taking place across the country to remember the nine victims killed in the senseless tragedy. family and friends here honoring the legacy of their loved ones whose lives are cut short in a
place of solace. from the heart of the tragedy in south carolina -- >> our hope is in god. >> -- to the hope of the ebenezer baptist church. thousands came to mourn nine of the educators and religious leaders killed inside the church wednesday, including four beloved reverends. one who attended church every sunday. a 49-year-old doctor who served her community in the learning center. 45-year-old singleton pictured here with her son on mother's day, coached at a local high school. consoled by teammates, chris singleton remembers his mom. >>
we love the way my mom would. the hate won't be anywhere close to what the love is. >> reporter: and the distinctive
voice of the reverend the leader of the church was silenced gunned down as he preached. >> to see him die face down in the ground -- >> reporter: a state senator was the youngest african-american elected after the shooting of walter scott, he stressed the need for body police cameras in south carolina. >> a badge and a gun does not give someone superiority or trump the constitutionally protected privileges and rights in south carolina. >> friends and family struggle to cope with the loss of so many inside. a recent college graduate just 26 years old, lost his life. cynthia herd 54 years old, worked
as a librarian. now, a tribute to her life service, renamed in her honor. >> why would you do something like this. >> tim jackson mourning the loss
of his grandmother. he remembers her as a person with a great smile. and myra thompson 59. she was teaching the bible study held each wednesday when the gunman opened fire. >> this can't be about statistics. it has to be about the victims. we have to honor each of the lives lost. charleston is hosting another prayer vigil for the nine people killed. it's going to take place at a nearby college that's going to happen at 6:00 p.m. tonight. alisyn everywhere i go people tell me how heart broken they are. it crosses color lines, whether they grew up here or a new resident they are taking it very personally and intensity. >> absolutely. everyone is heart broken. we'll get back with you momentarily. joining me now is a reverend. he's presiding elder of the seventh district church and
oversees the church where nine people were killed. so nice to have you with us. >> thank you for having me here this morning. >> the gunman was not from charleston. he was from two hours away lexington. why did he choose this community to perpetrate this heinous act? >> the investigation will uncover that but most certainly, we want to thank the leadership of the church in south carolina. we would like to thank the governor and mayor raleigh and the police chief of charleston south carolina. >> everyone had come together. i know you have spent time with the victim's families. can you tell us about those meetings? >> we are now preparing for a home going celebration for the victims. we solicit your prayers.
we have more than 500 some odd churches across the state of south carolina prying at this very hour. >> reverend pick knee had a wire and two young children. >> a wife and two daughters. we are in constant contact and we are individual lent about our faith and commitment we would not allow a heinous act to shaken our faith. we are coming together not only in the african methodist community, but the community across this state and around this world. >> tom, i want to bring you in. there are reports of where he got his gun. from his father as a birthday
present, or he bought it himself. how will they trace it? >> they have the serial number. they can trace it quickly. we should have the answer to that today or by monday at the latest. this should not be too difficult to track down where the gun came from and if that's the gun his father purchased. tom, there are reports he was into drugs. he was arrested with a drug like methadone on him. would anyone have questioned him about drug use if he purchased the gun? >> possibly. the virginia tech shooter in 2007 a judge in virginia ruled he must get mental health
treatment and he still was able to go into a virginia gun shop and purchase two handguns with no problem. >> so in other words, that wasn't flagged anywhere? his mental health history wouldn't be flagged on a background check? >> no. you wouldn't have that. they do a quick check on what his status at the moment a convicted felon or more serious. i don't think it would have i'm not absolutely positive but i don't think it would have prevented him from buying a gun. it certainly wouldn't have prevented his dad from buying a gun and handing it to him. weapons from parents have been taken by the shooter many times. >> this gunman's social media profile had some red flags all over it. it appeared he wore insignia of some racist messages.
he made racist messages. are authorities monitoring people like that? i mean we focus so much on how authorities are monitoring the exchanges between say isis followers. what about people like this who are sort of giving off these warning signs on social media? >> it's actually no different than an isis follower. it requires really the authorities are not looking at every american and every article of clothing they wear or post on facebook. you know again, we have freedom of speech in this country. until something really crosses the line and someone reports that to authorities or comes to the authorities attention in that level of manner it really doesn't. you can wear sweatshirts with swastikas on them. it's not going to cause automatically the federal government to have you come up on the radar. somebody has to alert the government of what you are thinking what you are saying.
if your writings on your postings include the type of hate and i'm going to do something. if you just express, you know your opinion of something, it's not going to be enough. it's not going to be enough to stop you, in any event. >> there's a debate going on about what to call this. was it a hate crime? was it terrorism or straight up racism. how do you define what we have seen here? >> all the above. as a community of believers, we must stand-up for the greater good regardless of color, we need to speak out against bigotry, racism violence terrorist acts and make a path forward in terms of how we come together how we speak out on issues gun violence. most certainly, faith is stronger than fear. here in south carolina i can attest to the fact that this community is coming together in a positive way, particularly under the leadership of bishop
franklin norris. we are going to make sure that we embrace them and stand and worship together continuously and make a statement about how the african methodist church. we will continue that. >> reverend the country's prays are with you this morning. thanks for being with us. >> thank you for having me. we ask the entire nation and the world continue to pray for our community and the nine victims who have lost their lives to a heinous, and crazed act by an individual. >> we will do that. thank you. i want to go back to chris in new york with a look at other top stories. chris? >> it's important we stay with what's going on in south carolina. we can say, we got lucky that the killer down there was captured in just about 14 hours.
there is a very different story here in new york. the manhunt for two fugitives is in the 14th day. we keep learning more about those involved in the escape like the jilted husband of joyce mitchell the prison worker who reportedly cheated on him. we cannot find the murderers who are on the loose. let's get to cnn's alexandra field. what's going on with the search alexandra? >> reporter: there's been no luck here. richard matt and david sweat have taken their place among the 15 most wanted. that's the level of priority that continues in this search. state police telling us they have cleared some 160 unoccupyied buildings. they are revealing surveillance cameras in the area at the time of the escape. we are learning more about lyle.
he had no knowledge of a sexual relationship between his wife joyce, and richard matt. however, he said lyle confronted his z wife joyce amid allegations she was having an inappropriate relationship with sweat. she denied the accusations for some time. he went to visit his wife behind bars. he has no plans to return for another visit at this point. >> thank you very much. we'll check back in with you. we have to tell you about a signature piece of legislation for barack obama now in the hands of the senate and hanging on by a thread. the house voted thursday to grant president obama fast track authority to negotiate a pacific trade deal. they did it by ten votes. now, more trouble in the senate. 14 senate democrats are with holding support until they are guaranteed a worker protection bill. the house is now debating that.
the fbi director is being candid about the war on isis. james admitting his agency can do nothing to limit isis' recruitment of americans through social media. they are communicating with americans using encrypted cell phone apps and they are very hard for the fbi to crack. brian williams beginning his apology tour after nbc announced he will stay on at the network, but not as anchor of the "nightly news." instead, he's going to take a new, undefined role at msnbc. last night, williams met with staffers in new york and washington to apologize for the misstatements that led to his ousting. they are replacing him with lester holt. he will be the first african-american anchor of a "nightly news" cast. let's get back to charleston trying to understand what
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this church has risen before from flames from an earthquake and other dark times to give home to generations of people in charleston. in the buoyancy of hope it will rise again, now, at a place of peace. >> powerful words from president obama as the city of charleston grapples with the tragedy that unfolded here. this community now starting the difficult and long recovery
process. how does this community heal? south carolina state senator joins me this morning. it is a delight to have you here i hate it's under these circumstances. when i looked this morning, i could see the resolve in your eyes. it's important to you. you were a friend of clem pinckney. resolve is important, why? >> because senator pinckney would want resolve. this comes in the aftermath of what we experienced. it was that experience although a horrific one for this county but we had a resolve and galvanized to create a body camera. >> he pushed for that. >> he was one of the main proponents of that law. >> how do you and your colleagues pick up the work not
only in the legislature, but the work he was doing this this community, as a church leader and community leader? >> there's a big void. we are going to need all people of good will to do that. this is a resilient community. >> i felt that. >> just as on yesterday, we had a prayer service for unity, we are going to have to galvanize behind a legislative agenda and put race relations in south carolina at the forefront. >> you talked to us on air yesterday and mentioned you felt there is an issue with race relations in the country or in your area specifically. in the country, yes, but i know you are speaking specifically because this is an area you serve. talk about what it's felt like and what your concerns are. >> listen i don't want to write a new dialogue as a result of this criminal who shot at this church. there are some serious issues in
charleston south carolina and the state. here what i'm more concerned about is making sure that all people join the economic progress of the city. we have too many people that are -- there's a divide between those who have and those who have not. now, that doesn't deal with the hate that took place in this church yesterday. >> very different circumstances. >> but, even people who may not be african-american who are poor we have a common economic issue and that is making sure that everyone enjoys in the economic success of this city and therefore, we have -- we all have we can send our kids to college, we have retirement security and we have financial means to provide. >> let me ask you about an issue
that's come to light because of this scenario. this is a 21-year-old known to law enforcement with a felony in february which would have prevented him from having a gun. you want to see stricter gun laws enacted here? >> i am concerned about gun laws. i think south carolina laws ought to mirror the federal laws which are much more restrictive than south carolina laws. we seem to be preoccupied with gun owner rights in south carolina. i'm a lawyer. i understand there's a second amendment right to bear arms. you know the history about that is in somewhat dispute in terms of arising out of being an organized militia. >> right. >> it's clear, the constitution allows us to enact police powers. therefore, we can limit constitutional rights based on the data that is relevant to the city and the state.
i think we ought to have tougher gun laws in south carolina but the debate and the narrative has been driven largely by the nra and the special interest groups coming in from outside of south carolina who won't let us move forward in that regard. >> you have your work cut out for you. it is going to be a robust debate. keep talking to us about what you have going on. thank you so much. again, our condolences in the loss of your colleague and friend. >> let's get over to alisyn. >> okay michaela we have so much to talk about this morning. the church massacre here in charleston is reigniting the debate about guns. president obama saying something must be done following this tragedy. we will debate that topic, next.
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welcome back to "new day." we are live in charleston south carolina just blocks from the scene of the church massacre. dylann roof is scheduled to appear in court. they are trying to trace where roof got his gun. we are going to bring in nick valencia on where he got his gun. >> was he given money to get this gun? yesterday was spent trying to figure out where he was. he was spotted 250 miles north of here. today, we'll focus on who this person is what compelled him to carry out the attack on nine innocent people and where he got the gun. >> there is lots of information coming in about his background. his roommates describe him as a heavy drug user a pill popper. he was arrested for drug
possession. does any of that play into the gun narrative? >> it's something investigators will look at. he was arrested for trespassing in a mall. pescription pills for people with a depend si for heroin. the drug abuse, the comments he made to his roommates. new york times and associated press saying he made strange comments recently racist comments rants about segregation. so much that according to "the new york times," they took his gun away. he had a probation violation didn't want to get in trouble, so the gun was given back to dylann roof. where he got the gun is the question they focus on this morning. >> keep us posted on that. let's get back to chris in new york for us. >> a beautiful sunrise, giving you a different feel than the mood in the city. someone very affected by what
happened in south carolina is president obama. he's calling on the country to enact tougher gun control measures. take a listen. >> i have had to make statements like this too many times. communities like this had to endure tragedies like this too many times. we don't have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. that's the simple part understanding how this happened. what to do about it not so simple. to weigh in host of the ben ferguson show ben ferguson. cnn commentator, mark lamont hill. let's start with the context of why the guns become relevant. ben, do you see this as a hate crime? >> i do. i see it as domestic terrorism and a tragedy by a sick individual that had no problem sitting with people praying
with people then killing them. this is one of the most heinous crimes we have ever had to talk about. >> sick. not necessarily mentally ill. you can take drugs and not be mentally ill and you can be hateful and not ill. mark that's the backdrop. the question is why did it happen? he's a white supremacist, a diluted, hateful individual and he had the opportunity. make the case for why the gun is relevant enough to deal with on a policy level. >> well, when ever you have a national tragedy, it's important to respond at the policy level as well. you don't play politics now. now is the time to deal with policy. in a way to prevent it from happening again. president obama saying this is a great time to have a conversation about guns and waving the white flag saying
nothing is going to happen congress is too weak. i will be the first to say, i'm not sure reasonble gun control would have stopped this from happening. he didn't have an ak 47 he had a 45. i'm not saying this is a sandy hook situation that was preventable with reasonable gun control. >> we have split reporting whether he used birthday money to get the gun or his father gave it to him. vetting about drug abuse is not on the books in south carolina. background check is a defined term and doesn't mean much in that state. does that bother you on a policy level, ben ferguson? >> i don't. the reason why, i think the laws are appropriate. if you are a convicted felon, if you have committed a heinous crime, you do not have the right to purchase that weapon. the reality is here if you get busted for some sort of drugs you have whether it be
prescription drugs or marijuana, should you lose your second amendment right to own a gun, the answer is no. you do not lose that right. a lot of people every day, make mistakes. it doesn't mean you lose your - rights. the bigger issue is this i agree with mark. this is not where i think a gun control law, even if it were passed would have stopped this from happening. if you ban .45s, would you ban a .40 cal ber or.9 millimeters? the reality is we don't know how he got it. we don't know if his dad bought it or he bought it with his own money at the age of 21. i don't think jumping into a political debate about gun control would have changed any of this. >> the debate is still important. obama said i have done this too many times. this is at least the 14th time he had to respond to a massacre. no other nation has this
happening. we also have the loosest gun control laws. there's correlation to access to guns and people dying. we have to take that seriously. >> this is a -- let me say this i think this is an important point to make. what bothered me yesterday about the comments from president barack obama is if you want to challenge someone on gun control, don't talk to the republicans, talk to the democrats who also have not pushed it through. the president had the opportunity to act on gun control. he had the votes in the house and the senate. the democrats were the ones that said we don't want to go there. democrats, when they were in control of the senate as well after we had another tragedy with guns they also chose not to act on this. so you can act like you want to blame the gop -- >> the problem is the gop -- >> not really but the twitter right. >> the democrats refuse to deal with it. >> they are saying the president hasn't done anything on this.
you agree it's not true. he's tried. his own party didn't help him. >> i don't think he pushed it hard. if you look at the record of what this white house has done they have not -- hold on. you have to look at the votes and look at the agenda. the president could have used and spent a lot of political capital to push gun control laws right when he became president. they chose not to do it. saying something in front of the podium is different than pushing for it. >> the president did push it through. five months after sandy hook he's saying i can't believe we have done nothing. the shame is on us in washington because we haven't been able to do this. it's democrats and red states that didn't push it through. you can't blame the president for that. >> let's button this up. unfortunately, we'll have more occasions to have this conversation. where you agree is the state of
jurisprudence on the second amendment doesn't allow meaningful gun law change. and the political will isn't there. when people are polled they don't want it either. back in charleston there's a lot of talk on the gun and why it happened and the bar graph where is the united states has so much more gun violence than anybody else. it's not the legal, political or social will to do anything about it. >> yeah. it's so interesting to have these conversations while the place is trying to heal. it's important, healing has to happen alongside the work being done to change why this kind of thing is happening. we are going to take a look again, at this case. the case against the alleged charleston gunman. it would appear to be open and shut. however, a league challenge could stand in the way of hate crime charges. we are going to explain that, ahead. doesn't it seem like the wireless world today could use a smile? at cricket wireless, we think so. that's why prices for our plans are all in
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hate crime. prosecutoring it that way could pose a challenge. south carolina is one of five states that does not have a hate crime statute. joining us now is sunny hostin. thank you for being here. >> sure. >> south carolina doesn't have a hate crime stature. it is a death penalty state. >> the confusion is because they immediately started calling it a hate crime. that is because a witness clearly said this man said he wanted to shoot blacks. it was obviously racially motivated. in a hate crime case you have to prove it's racially motivated. >> are hate crimes prosecutors different? >> the standards are different. it doesn't matter in this case. we are talking first degree murder times nine. that is actually in my mind an easier case to prove than a hate crime case. this is a death penalty state. i have no doubt this will be
charged as a death penalty case. i think the real issue is whether or not the federal government will get involved and possibly prosecute under a hate crime statute. >> beyond a statement of a hate crime, what benefit is there when it's called a hate crime? >> i think intent is very important for jurors. so if you are going to argue, as a defense attorney this is mental illness you want a prosecution strong on intent. his intent was to kill black people. again, you have a witness. this is not a who don it. everyone knows he did it. >> let me read the descriptions that have come out about the gunman. he was withdrawn, unemployed shiftless, high school drop auto arrested for heroin sbs constitute. introverted to the point of
reclusive. roommates said he would spout crazy, racist rants. this is the type of person that makes good on the threats. >> that's what makes it interesting. so many people coming forward talking saying he had these problems but they thought they was joking. obviously, he wasn't joking. the question as to whether or not police could have done more. they couldn't have citizens were not reporting this kind of behavior. i don't know that anything could have been done to avoid this at this point. >> that's what's troubling. he was sending off warning signals. he was doing it online to his roommates. he was arrested for trespassing and saying strange things in a mall. we don't have the manpower to constantly monitor someone like this. >> one thing to mention is along the lines president obama talked about, which is gun control.
had he not had a gun, would we be standing here talking about this? >> we wouldn't be. however, what could have been done. a theory is his father gave him a gun for his 21st birthday in april. >> he had a felony charge. felons are not allowed to have guns. under some statutes in charleston, if it's true his father gave him the gun, his father is open to criminal up to ten years. if it is true his father gave him the gun, i think we start looking at parenting 101. if you are going to give a gift to a 21-year-old, give a car or a watch. why a loaded handgun? >> if it's not true his father gave it to him, if it's true he went and bought the gun, you are saying that felony charge he had for drug possession and trespassing would have should have popped up? >> it should have prevented him
from getting his gun. the other thing is pastor pinckney was trying to move through legislation a lot of bills that i think, would have led to gun reform and would have led to background checks on people being able to transfer mental health checks. that department happen here. we do need to talk about gun reform. >> pastor pinckney was talking about gun control. sunny sunny, thank you for your expertise. chris? >> authorities were able to catch this charleston shooter after a few hours. contrast that with what is going on in new york with the two murderers remaining on the loose. we are going to take a look at why this case catching that guy was so easy and this one is proving so difficult. they are very different, but the goal is the same. we all have risk of acid erosion. there's only so much enamel, and everybody needs to do something about it now if they want to preserve
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the deranged man responsible for the charleston church massacre captured in north carolina carolina sent back to south carolina all within 24 hours. good. a much different picture than what's going on with these killers. now going into the third week. tom joins us now. tom, even i know there are obvious and material differences in these situation that is made capture much more easy in south carolina. let's break down how these two manhunts work. with south carolina you had video, you had a vehicle and a lot of engaged citizenry in a compressed time period. was that the magic formula? >> that's true i think it was, chris. you say an engaged public but a public that knew what to look
for. the description of the car, the license plate number of the car. when you have miss dills driving down the street and sees the car in front of her face and makes calls to verify that it was a much better situation for someone on the street a member of the public to identify the person the vehicle and call it in and get the police there to stop the car. >> let's make the pivot to the manhunt in new york and why it's not getting done. it is easy to look at delay and see it as ineffectiveness. is that a fair criticism? >> i think it's a fair criticism. we don't know the exact circumstances of the escape. we know that they popped out of the manhole cover about midnight on friday night a couple weeks ago. beyond that we don't really know everything that's been said about the case has come from joyce mitchell. we have no idea if she's being honest. we have no idea if the subjects
were honest with her in describing the plans. we certainly have a lot of questions of how they made the escape from the cell to the manhole cover. if she brings a couple hacksaw blades and drill bits it's not going to cut through concrete and steel. it certainly would appear to investigators that someone else with power tools, had to have assisted them. it would have been difficult to bring them into their cells. the next question is, did someone cut to them? did someone come from outside the cell and cut the wall into the cell? we don't know. >> we don't know that's true. do you think they don't know? if not, isn't that a little frustrating because it should be a pretty closed community of people they have to squeeze for answers. >> we don't know how many contractors worked in there, how many other employees,
correctional officers. it's a large community of people with access to the prison and working in it. especially the ones that are not correctional officers they are coming in for construction projects and other issues. if in fact it is true joyce mitchell provided phones for them including her own phone, we don't know what other contacts they had, friends they had, arrangements they made. in the actual escape they made out of the cell out of the jail and out of the area after it happened. >> do you buy into the theory when you don't catch them in the first 24 to 48 it's likely you don't catch them for weeks and months? >> depends on the circumstances. we have a lot of jailbreaks where somebody goes to the infirmary with a headache overpowers the doctor or nurse or guards and runs out the door or jump over the fence. we have a lot of escapes where they are not planned and the person takes the opportunity to
run out the door finds themselves outside the wall, in the middle of a town or jail wondering now what do i do? in that case authorities go to friends, relatives, parents or do the manhunt in the woods. it's easier because there was no plan for the escape. it was a sudden impulse on the part of the inmate. in this case it's obvious, they had an extensive plan probably in the works more than a year. in this case you would think that they had an additional set up plan for what they were going to do once they came out of that jail. >> tom, thank you very much. this story is all about the unknown. we have south carolina which is about understanding what is known. there's a lot of other news this morning. let's get right to it. this was motivated clearly by race but also to inflict fear on a community. >> he said he was in the church to shoot people. >> this meets all the standard
definitions of terrorism. >> we are communities trying to live and survive. why do we have to live like this? >> now is the time for mourning and healing. >> we are a strong state. >> if you can't be black in the church where can you be black in the country anymore? >> we do not weep like those who have no hope? our hope is in god. announcer: this is "new day" with criscoe alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. >> welcome back. i'm alisyn camerota live in south carolina. michaela pereira is at the emanuel ame church the scene of the crime. chris is back in new york covering this and other headlines. chris, you can imagine how heart broken this community is this morning. that's what you feel here a
tremendous sense of sadness about why this killing spree would happen at a prayer meeting. this chris, as the suspect will make his first court appearance this afternoon in south carolina. >> the murderer did not fight extradition. that's why we got back so quickly. he was more than 200 miles away in north carolina. the massacre of nine black church members leads to a lot of questions, not just about this kid, but race and the definition of terrorism. we'll get into it. >> all this as we have details emerging about the suspects troubled past and he may have been planning such a hateful attack for months. >> how you feeling? >> why did you do it? >> reporter: behind bars this morning, alleged mass murderer dylann roof accused of killing nine people at an african-american church in charleston south carolina. this cell phone video captured
moments before the carnage shows roof sitting at a table with a small bible study group. the 21-year-old inside for an hour before opening fire with a .45 caliber pistol. one of the survivors pleaded with the gunman to stop. >> after the young man tried to stop him from doing what he wanted to finish off. he said no you raped our women and you have taken over the country. >> reporter: after the massacre roof fled the scene. less than 14 hours later -- >> it was god who made this happen. >> reporter: a floral shot owner spots the alleged shooter more than 200 miles away in north carolina. following roof until police arrested him without incident. >> god heard the prayers of those people. he used us as vessels to get his work done. >> reporter: roof's roommate saying he was big into