Facebook user Dylan Roof mistaken for Charleston shooting suspect

Published: Jun. 19, 2015 at 12:02 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 19, 2015 at 12:53 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A West Columbia resident named Dylan Roof wants to make one thing clear: he is not the suspect accused of shooting and killing nine people in a Charleston church Wednesday.

"The guy responsible for the shooting is named 'Dylann Roof' my name is 'Dylan Roof' note the difference in the double 'n,'" Roof stated on his Facebook page early Thursday. "I have had multiple experiences in my life where people have mistaken me for him, I've received his yearbook pictures all throughout my time in school, I've had multiple people add me on social media thinking I was him. I'm currently receiving a bunch of random friend requests and messages from A LOT of people, and I want it to be understood I am not the man responsible for the shooting. Me and that man share a name, and nothing else."

Dylann Roof is a 21-year-old man accused of shooting nine people at a historic downtown Charleston church. He was arrested in Shelby, NC after a 14-hour manhunt and extradited back to Charleston Thursday evening. On Wednesday night, police described Dylann Roof as a white male in his 20s wearing a gray hooded jacket.

Dylan Roof is originally from Lexington, and currently works at Walgreen's, according to his Facebook profile. His profile image shows him wearing a gray hooded jacket.

Dylan Roof declined an interview, stating that he would prefer the focus be on the friends and families of the nine victims of the shooting.

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