The mass murder of 9 church goers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina shocked and saddened the country.
Dylan Roof, brutally killed opening fire on 9 church members on Wednesday night at a Bible study.
A woman who survived, whose name has not been publicly released, had blood on her dress when she was speaking to Johnson on Wednesday night. Both the survivor and her granddaughter reportedly evaded the gunman by pretending they were dead.
“She said it was just like…it was just blood all over the place,” Johnson told ABC News.
The survivor’s son, who was in his 20s, was also at the Bible study but he was fatally shot after he tried to check on Pastor Pinckney and directly engaged the shooter.
Johnson said the survivor told her the gunman, addressing her son, said, “You all rape women and you’re taking over our country.”
The gunman added, “I have to do what I have to do,” Johnson said, quoting the survivor.
The survivor said it wasn’t until the end of Bible study when the suspect just started shooting, according to Johnson. The survivor said the suspect loaded his gun about five times.
A friend of accused Charleston church shooter, Robert Meek, claims that the suspect had spoken about how he was angered by the uproar over the Trayvon Martin shooting and “wanted something to spark up the race war again.”
“He didn’t agree with some things and somebody had to do something about it,” Meek said of Roof.
“He said that he thought that blacks the blacks in general as a race was bringing down the white race,” Meek said.
Meek, who did not bring his claims to police before Thursday morning, said that he has known Roof for at least seven years and that his friend had dropped out of high school in ninth grade and been working at a landscaping company recently.