Well just before Dylan Roof was having his way-a Burger King meal bought for him right before being bullet-proof vest protected then wisped up, up and away in a private jet and off into the friendly skies after having created one hell of a massacre here on earth inside of a church, the 21 year-old almost made it to Tennessee just before being apprehended, ending his 16-hour excursion through the Carolinas.
According to officials, a tired Dylan Roof didn’t resist and was quite the cooperative lad- to the extent of offering his name and drivers license right when his black Hyundai was pulled over in Shelby County where [quote] “Officers approach the car cautiously, with at least one officer’s gun drawn as another moves to the driver’s side. Roof appears to comply; police place him in handcuffs and frisk him twice before driving off [unquote]”
Wow. Dylann Roof got the royal treatment: Only one gun drawn. No aggressive yelling. A flame-broiled burger. A bullet-proof vest and a ticket to ride a private jet first class after killing 9 people. Geezel Peetes.
Roof told authorities he was on his way to Nashville, Tenn., and that he thought he’d killed only a few of the parishioners at Emanuel AME Church. Witnesses say the prayer group had asked him to join them. After he began shooting, Roof reportedly said, “I’ll give you something to pray about.”
In Shelby, the FBI handled Roof’s initial questioning, Ledford said. Shelby police’s lone conversation with the mass-murder suspect was about food. Earlier in the day, Roof had bought water and chips at a south Charlotte gas station. Now he was hungry. Police bought him food from a nearby Burger King, Ledford said.
“He was very quiet, very calm. He didn’t talk,” Ledford said. “He sat down here very quietly. He was not problematic.”
Roof, a high school dropout who grew up around suburban Columbia, was charged Friday with nine counts of murder and a weapons possession charge.
His car, with a Confederate States of America plate on the front, was pulled over on U.S. 74, known in Shelby as Dixon Boulevard.
Roof’s arrest took place 3 miles past the street where his sister’s fiance, Army Sgt. First Class Michael Tyo, lives. Tyo and Roof’s sister, Amber, were to be married Sunday, according to theknot.com, a wedding website. According to some reports, Amber Roof was among the first to identify her brother from a photo of him taken as he entered the Charleston church.
Tyo, a recruiter for the U.S. Army Reserve in Shelby, was not at his duplex apartment Friday, which has a decorative “Proud to be an American” sign beside the porch.
According to Tyo’s Facebook page, which has now been taken down, Tyo studied at DeVry University’s Charlotte campus, which is in Ayrsley.
While being held at the Shelby Police Department, Roof told authorities that he had been planning the attack for a long time and targeted the church because of its history, a source told WBTV. He said he was headed to Nashville after the shootings because he had “never been there before.”
It’s unclear what route Roof took from Charleston to Charlotte. The gas station where he used a debit card is close to Interstate 485.
At 5:50 a.m., nearly nine hours after the shootings, Roof pulled into the Shell station on Providence Road and Ballantyne Commons Parkway, gassed up his car and walked inside the Market Express, store employees said.
Clad in black jeans and a white, long-sleeve shirt, he used the ATM beside the entryway and bought a bottle of water and a bag of Doritos. Store workers thought nothing of it, believing him to be just a polite, quiet guy.
It’s also not known whether Roof stopped by Tyo’s home. But the motorist who spotted Roof, Debbie Dills of Gastonia, followed him through Shelby and past the turnoff for Tyo’s home. It appeared Roof was continuing on toward the mountains when he was stopped at 10:44 a.m. at Plato Lee Road.
Shelby police took Roof’s car to the city’s impoundment lot and held it there until agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrived. After the car was searched, SLED officers shrink-wrapped the doors.
At 11 p.m., the Hyundai, like its owner hours before, was headed back to Charleston.