From conservativetribune.com, by Ben Marquis, on June 22, 2015, see the article HERE.
Last week, a deranged racist stunned the community of Charleston, S.C., when he opened fire inside a predominately black church, slaughtering nine innocent individuals.
According to friends of the murderer, this was done with the twisted intent of sparking a broader race war by further deepening the mistrust and divide among Americans of different races.
However, based on the account of one of the massacre’s survivors, the gunman originally attempted to take his own life after the murders, before ultimately fleeing the scene when the suicide attempt proved unsuccessful.
“His plan was never to leave that church,” said Kevin Singleton, son of 59-year-old shooting victim Myra Thompson.
According to The Blaze, Singleton spoke with Polly Sheppard, the 69-year-old survivor of the slaughter, who told him that the killer had put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger after slaying the nine innocent church-goers, only to hear the dry click of an empty chamber.
This bit of information really isn’t all that surprising, as a majority of mass shooting perpetrators prefer to take their own lives after committing their horrible crimes, in order to avoid the inevitable life sentence or death penalty that follows such a hateful stealing of innocent lives.
This clearly indicates that Roof’s mind wasn’t that of a strategically thinking terrorist. Instead, he was a maniac, too infused with mindless rage to even have a backup plan in case his final move failed.
Thankfully Roof wasn’t able to weasel his way out of standing trial for his horrific actions and will live to beconfronted by the families he has visited so much hurt on. And then he’ll witness justice carried out against himself, instead of taking the easy way out via suicide.
This is a little puzzling and I don’t want to make a big deal out of it, but I have to question the account of what actually happened – that is “the dry click of an empty chamber.” Maybe that account was just a dramatic reenactment of something Ms. Sheppard had seen on television?
If Dylann Roof put the Glock to his head and pulled the trigger, expecting to take his own life, I wouldn’t expect him to do so while the slide was locked back – as it does after the last round is fired and a magazine is empty. He would certainly know that the gun wouldn’t fire in that condition. It would also have been readily apparent to Roof that the gun was empty. It would have required inserting another (loaded) magazine and releasing the slide forward (loading a fresh round) in order for the weapon to fire again.
Or, perhaps in his stressed out state, he may have just released the slide (with an empty magazine still in place) and pulled the trigger – that would have resulted in a “dry click on an empty chamber.” The only other thing that makes sense, given Ms. Sheppard’s account, would be a dud round – a misfire due to the ammo.
Maybe it was God’s intervention that Roof not take the “easy way out.”