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Police took no chances when shooting suspect Dylann Roof arrived at Al Cannon Detention Center

 MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Officers kept crowds back as 21-year-old Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof arrived at the Al Cannon Detention Center Thursday.

Police kept everyone as far away as possible. They said they couldn't take any chances in fear someone would try and kill Roof before he got into the detention center. There was a small crowd gathered to get a glimpse of the man who allegedly shot and killed 9 people in their community, and though police got Roof in as quickly as possible, some say they just had to see him.

"I just wanted to see him, just walk in the building, it feels like a little bit of relief," Kia Jones said. 

"To see that we received justice for what he did," Hikaym Rivers added. 

Around 7:30 p.m., 21-year-old Dylann Roof, arrived at the detention center in a caravan of police vehicles. Police quickly escorted him into the building and even though it was all over in minutes, some found comfort in seeing he was caught.

"That he can come and shoot 9 people in our city but in the end we win," Melissa Steiner explained. 

The small group outside the detention center held up signs that read, "Black lives matter, we are equal". His capture, though, doesn't answer the question that has so many hearts heavy, 'if the court determines he did it, then why'? 

"That he prayed with them for an hour, that he sat with them for an hour and prayed. and then shoot's them up at nine o'clock, who in their right mind would do that," Michael Laferte said. 

"It was a church, they were innocent people it just does not make any sense," Kia Jones said. 

Through this tragedy, many said they felt it important to stick together. Another sign read, "Your evil doing did not break our community, it made us stronger!"

"We are a strong community, it did not break us, and this shows it," Steiner said. 

While there were still people in the streets in front of the Emanuel AME Church, paying respects to the growing memorial overnight Thursday, many want to see justice for the nine victims. Roof's bond hearing is expected to be Friday.

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