BALTIMORE, Md. FBI director James Comey said Friday that while his agency is investigating the murder of nine people in Charleston, S.C. as a hate crime, it is not an act of terrorism.
He said due to the lack of political motivation for his actions, alleged shooter Dylann Roof is not a domestic terrorist.
"Terrorism is act of violence done or threatens to in order to try to influence a public body or citizenry so it's more of a political act and again based on what I know so more I don't see it as a political act. Doesn't make it any less horrific the label but terrorism has a definition under federal law," he said during a visit to Baltimore.
Affidavits from the Charleston police department claim Roof "with malice and aforethought" shot nine African American parishioners at Emmanuel AME Church with a .45 caliber handgun.
The documents also say he stood over one witness and uttered a racist remark during the massacre before fleeing the scene.
Roof's racist motives have the Charleston Police Department and the FBI investigating the massacre as a hate crime.