Roof told police he almost didn’t go through with his plans because the people in the church were so nice.
Think about that one for a while.
People knew about his plans beforehand
Roof told a black neighbor the week before what his plans were. “He said that he was going to the college to shoot the college up and I think that, because the college campus was so hard to get onto, maybe he couldn’t get into that school and he settled for that church.”
Roof told his roommate he wanted to do something big like Trayvon Martin… “He wanted to make something spark up the race war again.” He also told his roommate he wanted to spark a civil war.
Roof bought the gun himself.
According to NBC News law enforcement sources, Roof bought the gun himself, and it was not his father who had purchased the gun for him as a gift, as most previously thought.
He had a criminal record that might indicate early plans for another attack.
He was arrested twice for incidents involving a local mall which resulted in his being banned from the mall for three years. He was questioned by police because he was walking around the mall in all black, asking employees questions about the operations of the mall. The first arrest was for drug possession (for a substance called Suboxone) and the second was for trespassing on mall grounds after an initial ban.
Roof acknowledged inspiration from the Council of Conservative Citizens
Pulled from Wikipedia, Roof says in his manifesto that he was inspired by the Trayvon Martin case:
“I read the Wikipedia article and right away I was unable to understand what the big deal was. It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right. But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?”
The website of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacy organization, has a very particular tone meant to inspire emotional reactions.
One should keep in mind that white on black hate crime is double that of black on white hate crime, according to the FBI Hate Crime Statistics.