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No sympathy. That’s what the man accused of killing nine people in a South Carolina church on Wednesday is getting from his uncle. Carson Cowles in a no-holds-barred interview with the Los Angeles Times Thursday said that his nephew, suspected shooter Dylann Roof is, “guilty as hell.” Cowles told the newspaper that the 21-year-old would get the death penalty and “ride the lightning” for what he had done. He added, “I’d pull the switch myself, if they let me.”

Now, CNN is reporting this on this Friday morning that Roof has said he did it and told authorities what motivated him. Quoting law enforcement officials who say that Roof has confessed to shooting and killing nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, CNN says one of the officials said that Roof told investigators that he wanted to start a race war. The officials also told the media outlet that Roof told them that he bought the 45-caliber handgun used in the killings last April.

Authorities believe Roof opened fire on a group of people meeting for prayer and Bible study inside the historic “Mother” Emanuel AME church Wednesday night in Charleston after spending about an hour with them during that Bible study class.

White gunman sought in killing of 9 at black church in South Carolina

Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney      Source: The State / Getty

Six women and three men were killed including the church’s pastor, 41-year-old South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney. The Charleston County Coroner  has identified the other eight victims as Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; and Myra Thompson, 59.

Emanuel AME Church is the oldest church in the southern United States. Learn more about “Mother” Emanuel AME HERE.

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