Cler­i­cal er­ror ac­knowl­edged in Charleston shoot­ing gun buy

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

LEX­ING­TON, S.C. — An em­ployee at the Lex­ing­ton County jail en­tered the wrong in­for­ma­tion into a data­base of South Carolina ar­rests, al­low­ing the man charged with killing nine peo­ple at a Charleston church to buy the gun author­i­ties say was used in the at­tack. Lex­ing­ton County Sher­iff Jay Koon told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Mon­day the wrong in­for­ma­tion about which agency ar­rested Dy­lann Roof on a drug charge was cor­rected two days af­ter his Feb. 28 ar­rest. That cor­rec­tion wasn’t sent to the State Law En­force­ment Di­vi­sion, which main­tains the records that the FBI checks. When the FBI did its check in April, an ex­am­iner called Lex­ing­ton County deputies, who said the ar­rest took place in Columbia. Be­fore the ex­am­iner could find the re­port, the wait­ing pe­riod ex­pired and the gun was sold.

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