UPDATE, 11:45a ET: The alleged gunman, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, has been taken into custody. DETAILS.


With a manhunt underway in South Carolina, questions are being raised this morning about whether the church gunman may have been in disguise. 

The unidentified attacker, who killed nine people last night at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, is described as a clean-shaven white man in his early 20s. 

 

Police are asking the public for help, warning that the man may have taken steps to hide his appearance. 

Authorities also highlighted that the vehicle driven by the man has a "distinct" marking on the front license plate. 

 

The gunman is said to have sat in the Wednesday night prayer service for an hour before opening fire in the historically black church.

Joe Mullins, a forensic artist with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, discussed on "Fox and Friends" whether the gunman could be wearing a wig. 

It also appears from the photo that the man may have been wearing something on his nose. Since it was a very hot at the time in Charleston, the gunman also may have quickly changed his clothes.

Mullins said the photo of the car is a "bad image" and there is really nothing that can be done to identify exactly what is on the license plate.

He said police and the FBI will have to focus on characteristics that the gunman could not have altered, like the shape of his ears. 

Martha MacCallum asked former Nutley, New Jersey police detective Steve Rogers for his analysis on how authorities will identify the shooter. 

Rogers said this will quickly turn into a "domestic terrorism" case if it is found that this gunman is connected to a white supremacist group.

He said the motive for the shooting needs to be uncovered quickly. Rogers said it does not appear that the gunman was carrying a large weapon in this surveillance photo. 

It does appear that the man had a fanny pack Rogers said the immediate question is whether the weapon was already inside. 

"This had to be planned. He had to know when the prayer meeting was. He doesn't seem to have a weapon on him of a great size when he walks into the church. Was it already in there? I'll tell ya, if it was already in there, we've got some serious problems," said Rogers.

He said it's "hard to tell" immediately whether the shooter was disguising his appearance. But he said if he did wear a disguise, it could be an indication that the gunman is from the area and thought he would be recognized.

Reports indicate that there were survivors from the church, who could be able to give police additional information on his appearance. 

The gunman reportedly let a woman leave to tell others what happened.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Watch the analysis in the videos above and below and stay tuned to Fox News for the latest developments in the manhunt.