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Rove: ‘So many warning signs’ on Charleston

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GOP strategist Karl Rove said on Sunday he believes too many people turned a blind eye on hints before last week’s mass shooting in Charleston, S.C.

{mosads}“There were so many warning signs here,” Rove told host Chris Wallace during a panel discussion on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I wish someone had spoken up and said this person is a danger to himself and others,” he added of Dylann Storm Roof, the suspected gunman.

Reports emerged on Saturday that Roof operated a website boasting photos and writings with racist and violent undertones.

Rove said on Sunday he was shocked no one had noticed the troubling webpage earlier.

“He put things up on the Internet we didn’t give any credence to whatsoever,” he said.

Roof, 21, allegedly uttered racial epithets before opening fire on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday evening.

He is suspected of targeting the church over its historic significance in Charleston’s African American community.

Rove said on Sunday that the attack was an “act of racist, bigoted evil.”

Despite this, he noted the nation’s overall progress on race relations since the civil rights era.

“Think about how far we’ve come,” he said. “We saw an entire state, an entire community, come together as one, united against this evil act.”

Police arrested Roof on Thursday morning after a 14-hour manhunt for his whereabouts.

He was apprehended in Shelby, N.C., approximately 250 miles from the scene of the crime.

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