Report: Authorities to possibly charge associates in Charleston church shooting

Dylann Roof
FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Dylann Storm Roof appears via video before a judge, in Charleston, S.C., Friday, June 19, 2015. Roof is accused of killing nine people inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. (Centralized Bond Hearing Court via AP)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina and federal authorities reportedly are investigating Dylann Roof’s known associates for possibly knowing of his alleged plot for the Charleston church shooting and allowing it to happen.

‘The State’ newspaper in Columbia quoted unidentified sources, not allowed to speak publicly about the investigation, who said it is possible people knew of the planned attack, even though evidence shows Roof traveled alone before and after the shooting.

Roof is accused of killing nine members of the Emanuel AME church in Charleston on June 17.

The newspaper reports possible charges that could be brought from the investigation include misprision of information, which means knowing about a planned attack and not reporting it to authorities. Associates could also be charged with lying to a federal officer.

There have been no known arrests or charges placed on any of Roof’s associates at this time.

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