Charleston shooting suspect charged with 9 murder counts

Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting suspect Dylann Roof is escorted by members of the Shelby Police Department in Shelby, North Carolina, on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof was extradited back to Charleston on Thursday as prosecutors continue to build their case against the alleged shooter that killed nine people Wednesday. (Ben Earp/AP)
Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting suspect Dylann Roof is escorted by members of the Shelby Police Department in Shelby, North Carolina, on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Roof was extradited back to Charleston on Thursday as prosecutors continue to build their case against the alleged shooter that killed nine people Wednesday. (Ben Earp/AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Police in Charleston say the suspect in a fatal church shooting at a historic black church is charged with nine counts of murder as well as possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Police spokesman Charles Francis said Friday that 21-one-year-old Dylann Roof is charged with the 10 total counts in the Wednesday night fatal church shooting.

A bond hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday.

Nine people were killed in the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. Officials are investigating it as a hate crime. Police say Roof spent nearly an hour at the church in a prayer meeting before shooting the victims.

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