UPDATE: Gunman identified as Dylann RoofStay with us here for LIVE updates on the manhunt for a gunman who killed nine people during a bible study at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina. He has been identified as Dylann Roof. We will add all our updates as we get them here. Here is what we know so far.
Law enforcement officials in Charleston, South Carolina, were searching on Thursday for a 21-year-old white gunman who killed nine people in a historic African-American church including a black state senator in an attack the U.S. Department of Justice called a hate crime.
The FBI identified the shooter as Dylann Roof of Columbia, South Carolina. An uncle of Roof's said he recognized the man in the surveillance photo as his nephew.
"The more I look at him, the more I'm convinced, that's him," Carson Cowles, 56, told Reuters in a phone interview.
Law enforcement agents were present at Roof's home, Cowles said, adding he believed the shooter's father had recently bought him a .45-caliber handgun as a birthday present.
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