Debbie Dills, who has been following the news and seen Roof’s description, spots Roof’s car and follows him for 35 miles on Highway 74 from outside of Gastonia to Shelby. She calls her boss at Frady’s Florist & Gifts in Kings Mountain, and he calls the police in Shelby. Dills:
I knew it was a black car, and it had a tag on the front. I saw pictures of him with the bowl cut. I said, I’ve seen that car for some reason. I look, and it’s got a South Carolina tag on it. I thought, ‘Nah, that’s not his car.’ Then I got closer and saw that haircut. I was nervous. I had the worst feeling. Is that him or not him?..I was scared, I felt bad. I felt really weird. I felt like it was him, but I didn’t want it to be him.