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Dylann Roof, the accused gunman of the Emanuel AME Shooting, planned to kill himself during last week’s attack, The LA Times reports.

The son of Charleston victim Myra Thompson says he was told the story by Polly Sheppard, 69, one of two adult survivors. Felicia Sanders, 57, and her granddaughter also survived the shooting by pretending to play dead.

Kevin Singleton, 40, told reporters Roof placed the gun to his head to kill himself, but was out of bullets. Roof reloaded a gun given to him by his father five times during his shooting spree.

“He pointed the gun at his head and pulled the trigger, but it went ‘click,’” because the chamber was empty, said Kevin Singleton, the son of 59-year-old Myra Thompson. “His plan was never to leave that church.”


Singleton, 40, a magazine publisher in Charlotte, N.C., said it appeared that Roof’s original intent was to kill the church’s well-known minister, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

But when the Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74 and retired, grappled with him, he unloaded on Simmons and the others, Singleton said.

Singleton spoke highly of his mother, a guidance counselor who was looking to begin a career in the ministry. Thompson died next to her best friend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. 



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