Shooting Suspect Held On $1 Million Bond
Bond is set at one-million dollars for one of the charges against the man accused of killing nine people at a church in South Carolina this week. It was set at Dylann Roof's first court appearance in connection with the shooting. The judge said he could only set bail for a weapons charge in the case and didn't have the authority to set bail on the nine counts of murder Roof faces. Roof will remain in custody pending further court hearings. He appeared in court via a video feed and was dressed in prison stripes.
The Justice Department is fast-tracking 29-million dollars to help the families of the victims in Wednesday's South Carolina church shooting. The money comes from the Crime Victim Assistance Formula Grant and can be used to provide services to the victims' families. Nine people were shot and killed at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Dylann Roof is facing nine counts of murder for allegedly carrying out the massacre that has shocked the nation.
President Obama says the shooting at a black church in South Carolina shows that racism remains a "blight" in the U.S. that must be fought together. Speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco, Obama reinforced his support of gun control legislation, saying that public opinion must be changed on the subject. He said it's not enough to simply show sympathy over the Charleston church shooting and that tragedies like the one in South Carolina call for a response beyond grief. (Metro Networks Inc.)