Timeline of Wednesday’s church shootings


5 p.m.: Sen. Clementa Pinckney, 41, leaves the state Senate in Columbia to attend a church meeting at his historic church, Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal, 110 Calhoun St., in downtown Charleston. Pinckney’s home county is listed as Jasper, but he represents part of Charleston, Beaufort, Colleton and Hampton counties.

8 p.m.: Pinckney and a dozen church members are holding a prayer circle. A young white man enters church and sits near Pinckney.

9 p.m.: Initial reports of the shooting at church are made to police. Shooter reportedly reloads. A child, reportedly 11, survives shooting when an elderly woman falls on top of him. Surveillance cameras capture young white man leaving the church and identify his vehicle as four-door black sedan. A manhunt begins.


Early morning: The FBI is involved. Nine are reported dead. Authorities identify the shooter as Dylann Storm Roof, 21, of Richland County. Roof grew up in the Columbia area and reportedly attended Rosewood Elementary, Hand Middle School, Dreher High School and Lexington County’s White Knoll High School. Richland County Sheriff’s Department moves SWAT deputies into Hopkins area of lower Richland County.

9:43 a.m.: The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice announce they have opened a hate crime investigation in the case.

9:58 a.m.: FBI publicly distributes the name of Roof as the shooter. Roof’s Facebook page has photos of him wearing a jacket with white supremacist patches that experts say are linked to African former apartheid regimes of Rhodesia and South Africa. Another photo of Roof shows him with a car with a Confederate States of America vanity tag on front. Roof reportedly received a pistol as birthday gift, Reuters News Service reports.

11 a.m.: Roof is taken into custody in Shelby, N.C., in a mountainous area some 45 miles west of Charlotte and 244 miles – nearly a four-hour drive – from Charleston.

Late Thursday: Federal authorities transport Roof back to Charleston by plane.

From news reports and reporting by John Monk