Charleston shooting: Snapchat video shows Dylann Roof sitting with Bible study group

The 10-second video was filmed by one of the victims, Tywanza Sanders

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A Snapchat video sent by one of the victims of the Charleston shooting has been revealed, showing Dylann Roof sitting among the Bible study group before he allegedly killed nine of the worshippers.

The nine individuals have now been identified following the mass shooting on Wednesday night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The ten-second Snapchat was sent by 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders. He was identified as one of the victims by the police, a graduate of Allen University in South Carolina.

The video was revealed to CNN and shows what appears to be Clementa Pinckney, the state senator and pastor, leading the group in a discussion, with several other individuals seated around the green table laden with lots of paper. The title of the video was headlined "Bible study knowledge planter." The headline was written by Mr Sanders.

In the right corner of the screen, a white face can be seen, which allegedly shows Dylann Roof sitting amongst the group.

"You want to talk a little bit about that..." a woman can be heard saying to the man who appears to be leading the conversation.

"Yeah, I just want to throw that in this arena," the man replies.

Mr Roof, a 21-year-old white man, is suspected of targeting a historic African-American church because of his racial hatred and his Facebook page suggests a fascination with apartheid and white supremacy.

Roof was arrested after a 14-hour manhunt when his car was stopped in a small North Carolina town, 220 miles north of the church where the crime was committed.

Roof is expected to appear via video link from custody at a bail hearing later on Friday.

Four pastors, including Democratic state Senator Clementa Pinckney, were among the six women and three men killed.

South Carolina, which has the death penalty, is one of just five US states lacking hate crime laws.

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