A man armed with a pistol opened fire on students at UNC Charlotte during the last day of classes Tuesday, killing two people and wounding four, police said. The suspect has been identified as Trystan Andrew Terrell, he is in custody at this time.
CMPD says Terrell is charged with 2 counts of murder, 4 counts of attempted murder, 4 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm on educational property and discharging firearm on educational property. Officials have confirmed two people have died and three others reported to have life-threatening injuries. Another being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
UNC Charlotte Chief of Police Jeff Baker said the suspect was armed with a pistol. Officers arrived quickly within 2-3 minutes and were able to take the shooter into custody.
Students are encouraged to continue to check UNCC's website and student emails for further information.
UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phillip Dubois said Wednesday morning on WBT’s Pat McCrory Show that those killed are: Ellis Parlier, 19, of Midland, N.C.; Riley Howell, 21, of Waynesville, N.C.
Those injured according to Dubois are: Drew Pescaro, 19, of Apex, N.C.; Sean DeHart, 20, of Apex, N.C.; Rami Alramadhan, 20, of Saudi Arabia; Emily Houpt, 23, of Charlotte.
In a press conference on Wednesday Cheif of Police Kerr Putney Spoke about the heroism of Riley Howell, who selflessly attempted to take down the gunman to protect his classmates.
In an email to the press from the Public Affairs Specialist of the FBI:
The following is a press conference held on Wednesday, May 1 2019.
The press conference held by The Governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper, Mayor of Charlotte Vy Lyles & UNCC Chancellor Philip L. Dubois
A campus lockdown was issued after the shots were fired.
Students of UNC Charlotte were issued the following alert at 5:50 PM tuesday evening.