A former friend who had reconnected with the man accused of a shooting massacre inside a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, says Dylann Storm Roof had become an avowed racist.

Joey Meek reconnected with Roof a few weeks ago and said Roof complained that "blacks were taking over the world" and that someone needed to do something about it for the white race.

Roof is in police custody, accused of opening fire Wednesday evening at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, killing nine people.

Police captured Roof in Shelby, North Carolina. His apprehension ended an intense, hours-long manhunt. Authorities said Roof waived extradition and was back in Charleston on Thursday night with a bond hearing pending.