'A hero': UNCC student killed in shooting tackled suspect, saved lives

Friday, 03 May, 2019

Emergency medical officials say two people are dead and four injured in a shooting at a North Carolina university.

A student killed during the shooting on the campus of UNC-Charlotte is being remembered as a hero. He was familiar with the classroom building where the attack occurred, but it was unclear if he knew the students who were shot, Mr Putney said.

"He's an athletically built young man and he took the fight to the assailant".

Having no place to run or hide, Howell chose the last option open to him. "We're torn up about what's happened", she said.

Police are crediting the officers whose quick response nearly certainly saved more lives.

"His sacrifice saved lives", Putney added.

Trystan Andrew Terrell was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Tuesday after six people were shot at UNCC.

Now, the suspect, 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell, is in police custody.

Riley's grieving girlfriend, Lauren Westmoreland, had been frantically searching for information on social media after she learned an active shooter was on the campus. "My students are so special to me and I am devastated".

About three hours after the shooting, Baker said all university buildings had been searched and secured and that students who live on campus could return to their dormitory halls.

From there, officers were able to apprehend the suspect, and take him off campus.

Terrell, 22, was booked into the Mecklenburg County jail on two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, possessing and firing a weapon on educational property, and assault with a deadly weapon.

"I was in my apartment and heard 5-6 shots, moments after i looked out of my window and saw several people in bathing suits running from the pool area, police and ambulances arrived shortly after", wrote one woman on Twitter.

She told Today that she was not surprised to learn that he died saving others.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said she was "in shock" after hearing of the rampage. "He may not have stopped the shooter but he occupied him while others were able to get to safety and giving police time to get to the shooter". "He has no background in guns or gun collecting, gun interest", he said.

A vigil is planned for Wednesday on campus.

Police motorcycles and other vehicles with blue lights flashing quickly left a funeral home and started their 150-mile (240-kilometer) journey west Thursday morning from Riley Howell's college home in Charlotte to his mountain hometown of Waynesville.

In a news release, UNC-Charlotte said all the victims were students, five from North Carolina and one worldwide.

According to a press release from the UNC's chancellor, Ellis Parlier, 19, and Riley Howell, 21, were the two students killed in the shooting. Four were injured: 20-year-old Rami Alramadhan, 20-year-old Sean DeHart, 23-year-old Emily Houpt, and 19-year-old Drew Pescaro.

Officers entered the building where the suspect was armed with a handgun, Baker said.

Authorities announced Tuesday night that remaining occupants of UNC Charlotte campus buildings can depart.

CMPD confirmed Terrell had been studying with a history major at the university but dropped out earlier this semester.