Charleston Shooter Dylann Storm Root Was Influenced By Violent Baltimore Riots, Trayvon Activists
Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Root was transferred from North Carolina to Charleston tonight.
Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Root recently made remarks to a close friend about the Trayvon Martin shooting and the violent rioting in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray.
Baltimore protesters torched 61 buildings, damaged 350 businessses, amd injured 113 police officers in May riots.
The Chicago Tribune reported:
In an interview with The Associated Press, Joseph Meek Jr. said he and Roof had been best friends in middle school but lost touch when Roof moved away about five years ago. The two reconnected a few weeks ago after Roof reached out to Meek on Facebook, Meek said.
Roof never talked about race years ago when they were friends, but recently made remarks out of the blue about the killing of unarmed black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida and the riots in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, Meek said.
“He said blacks were taking over the world. Someone needed to do something about it for the white race,” Meek said. “He said he wanted segregation between whites and blacks. I said, ‘That’s not the way it should be.’ But he kept talking about it.”
He said that when he woke up Wednesday morning, Roof was at his house, sleeping in his car outside. Later that day, Meek went to a lake with a couple of other people, but Roof hated the outdoors and decided he would rather go see a movie.
Meek said he didn’t see his friend again until a surveillance-camera image of a young man with a soup-bowl haircut was broadcast on television Thursday morning in the wake of the shooting. Meek said he didn’t think twice about calling authorities.
“I didn’t THINK it was him. I KNEW it was him,” he said.
Dylann Roof reportedly planned the mass shooting for six months.