South Carolina Church Shooting Suspect Reportedly Confesses

Alleged gunman Dylann Roof faces charges for the shooting deaths of nine people.
4:45 | 06/19/15

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And we're looking right now at the mother Emanuel church. It is quiet this morning in Charleston but the city of Charleston and the nation still reeling over that tragedy coming to grips with what happened. We want to take a look at a memorial outside the church which we are doing right now. Flowers and balloons to remember the nine victims and, David, you're just getting back. You were there last night. As I mentioned just three people survived this and always learn about the instincts that kicked in. You know, in one case the grandmother who said to her granddaughter 5 years old as you just said lay there and play dead. That's the only way we'll survive eight and that's how they were able to get out. We are going to talk about those who lost their lives and we're learning so much more about what happened inside that room during the bible study. The hunt for the killer, his arrest, 21-year-old dylann roof flown back to South Carolina last night. He will face a judge this afternoon. ABC's Steve osunsami begins our coverage in Charleston. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, robin. We're learning from the medical examiner it could be several days before the bodies of those nine people who were killed in this church behind me are turned over to their families. South Carolina is a death penalty state which means that the young man accused in their murders could be executed if he's convicted. What do you have to say? Reporter: This morning the 21-year-old who reportedly wanted to start a race war and accused of murdering a black bible study is facing the inside of jail after searching for 14 hours word he might shoot someone else police are thanking a woman in North Carolina who recognized his face from the police surveillance photos on television. Debbie Dills was on her way to work at a florist and followed his car herself for 25 miles. I didn't want to believe that, that he would be, you know, up here. Why would he be up here? Then I seen his head and I seen the haircut the young man had and it was that bowl cut. The young man in the bowl cut is seen on surveillance video around 8 P.M. Walking into this bible study at Emanuel ame and asked for the reverend and sits for an hour. The historic black church is welcome to anyone. Take a look. New pictures obtained from inside that bible study moments before police say roof gets up and starts firing. This was recorded by 26-year-old tywanza sanders who was sitting at the table and did not survive the shooting. Advising of an active shooter. Reporter: The family of the few survivors sharing their story with David Muir. She played dead authorized to, you know, survive, in order to get him not to shoot her. Reporter: She told her granddaughter to play dead too. Play dead, yes. Her son was also supposed to play dead, but he wanted to check on my cousin, the reverend clementa pinckney, and when he got up, that's when the gunman questioned him and started, you know, saying, y'all -- y'all rape our women and y'all have taken over the country. And I have to do what I have to do. Reporter: The nine victims were from 26 to 87 years old. Many of them parents and grandparents. ? We shall overcome ? Reporter: Reverend clementa pinckney was a father and a state senator. I give it my absolute best to try to make a difference for the lives of the people I represent and people of South Carolina. Reporter: 45-year-old reverend Sharonda singleton. Her son grieving deeply at a vigil Thursday night. Every time I do something good I'll probably give her a wink in the sky and say love is always stronger than hate so we just love the way my mom would, then the hate won't be anywhere close to what love is. Reporter: Families continue to come by this church and drop off flowers and candles and tears. Later today the streets here will be blocked off as the city prepares for a 6 P.M. Vigil. David and robin. Steve, thank you. As that young man said, love is stronger than hate. You reported from Charleston last night and it was something to see the community coming together to comfort one another. It was incredible, robin. The church just a few feet down the block, was completely packed. I walked inside the back door and up the stairs and standing room only and the most moving image were all the hands, everywhere was locked hand in hand and will prove the community can move forward. This is 2015. Shouldn't we be a lot further along. We're learning more about

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