Charleston shooter tried to kill himself during attack, victim's son says

“He pointed the gun at his head and pulled the trigger, but it went ‘click,'” because the chamber was empty, said Kevin Singleton, the son of 59-year-old Myra Thompson.

“His plan was never to leave that church,” Singleton said…

Singleton, 40, a magazine publisher in Charlotte, N.C., said it appeared that Roof’s original intent was to kill the church’s well-known minister, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

But when the Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74 and retired, grappled with him, he unloaded on Simmons and the others, Singleton said.