19/06/2015 09:19 BST | Updated 19/06/2015 11:59 BST

Charleston Shooting Suspect Dylann Storm Roof Reportedly Confesses To Killing Nine People

This April 2015 photo released by the Lexington County (S.C.) Detention Center shows Dylann Roof, 21. Charleston Police identified Roof as the shooter who opened fire during a prayer meeting inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, June 17, 2015, killing several people. (Lexington County (S.C.) Detention Center via AP)

Dylann Storm Roof has reportedly confessed to shooting nine people dead at a church in Charleston, apparently saying that he wanted to “start a race war”, according to CNN.

The US news channel reported that two law enforcement officials revealed that Roof had admitted to the killings, which took place on Wednesday.

Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder and one charge of weapon possession.

The 21-year-old was arrested by authorities in Shelby, North Carolina, 13 hours after the incident took place at a historic African-American church.


He is due to make an appearance in court on Friday.

The news comes as South Carolina’s governor said that the killer should face the death penalty.

Nikki Haley told NBC: “We will absolutely want him to have the death penalty.”

She described the attack as an "absolute hate crime".

Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor and Susie Jackson died in the attack.