The uncle of Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof says his nephew is a “monster” who was given a .45-caliber gun for his birthday this April.
This morning the FBI identified Roof—a 21-year-old with prior arrests for drugs and trespassing—as the man who shot up a Charleston church Wednesday, killing at least nine people in what authorities say was a racially motivated attack.
“He’s a monster, and they need to catch him, and he needs to pay for what he’s done,” Cowles told the Daily News on Thursday.
Cowles says his nephew was “a shy person who kept to himself” but tells the New York Daily News he “never saw” it coming.
Roof was thrilled when his dad gave him a .45 caliber gun when he turned 21 in April, Cowles said. Cowles called him a day later.
“He said, ‘I got to go, I’m outside shooting target practice right now,’” he said.
Roof is still at large.