Updated: Message from Chief of Campus Police Robert Reese Regarding Church Tragedy

Updated: Message from Chief of Campus Police Robert Reese Regarding Church Tragedy

11:55 a.m.:

Campus Community,

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen has confirmed that the suspect in the church shooting has been taken into custody in Shelby, N.C.

The campus remains open for business and classes are still on the normal schedule.

Please keep the loved ones of those affected by this tragedy in your thoughts.


10:49 a.m.:

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Shooting suspect Dylann Roof.

Campus Community,

The FBI have identified the suspect in the downtown shooting as Dylann Roof, 21, of the Columbia, S.C., area. Attached is an image of the suspect. 

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the suspect, please contact the FBI at 1.800.CALL.FBI (1.800.2255.324).

Regarding our campus safety, all campus grounds and facilities are being patrolled with increased numbers of officers until the suspect is caught.

The only street closed in Charleston’s downtown area is the section of Calhoun Street between Meeting and East Bay. All of campus remains open for classes and normal business.

We will continue to provide updates on any significant developments.


9:06 a.m.:

Message from Chief of Campus Police Robert Reese:

Campus Community,

First, our hearts go out to those affected by this tragedy.

Last night, our Public Safety officers worked closely with Charleston Police during the incident to keep our campus safe.

The College’s Public Safety officers were immediately dispatched across campus and secured all occupied residence halls following the initial reports of a shooting.

In consultation with the Charleston Police, Public Safety determined that a Cougar Alert was not necessary because the incident did not take place on campus and did not pose an immediate threat to the campus community. Crimes that take place off campus fall under the jurisdiction of the Charleston Police Department, and per our emergency protocols, we defer to them in these cases.

Our Public Safety team remains vigilant in keeping our campus safe, while also continuing to assist Charleston Police. We will provide any updates as they come in.


Robert Reese

Chief of Police

Office of the President

College of Charleston

Campus Safety and Security Area

89 St.Philip Street

Charleston, SC 29424

843-953-2468 (office )

843-953-2105 ( fax )

Email: reeser@cofc.edu