4/30/2019 10:35:00 PM Two Dead, Four Injured--Suspect In Custody
This mugshot of the suspected shooter was released by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Wednesday morning. 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 • discharging firearm on educational property
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
It happened shortly after 5:30 Tuesday afternoon (April 30th). A young man with a pistol walked into a classroom at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, shot and killed two people and injured four others.
Chief Jeff Baker of the UNC-C Police said at a news conference that three of those injured were in critical condition. Police disarmed the suspect and took him into custody at a building on campus, Chief Baker said. A police source later said the alleged shooter is 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell, a former UNC-C student.
On Wednesday, we finally learned the names of the victims. Killed were Ellis Parlier, 19, of Midland, North Carolina, and Riley Howell, 21, of Waynesville, North Carolina. Injured were Sean Dehart, 20, of Apex, North Carolina; Rami Alramadhan, 20, of Saudi Arabia; Emily Houpt, 23, of Charlotte; and Drew Pascaro, 19, of Apex, North Carolina. Pescaro, the least seriously injured student, was released from the hospital. The three others who were injured remained hospitalized with much more serious injuries.
Police said other students told them that Howell, who was one of the two killed, was a hero in his final moments. He struggled with the gunman in an effort to stop the bloodshed.
Alramadhan’s family was on their way from Saudi Arabia to Charlotte Wednesday.
Terrell is scheduled for a court apperance on Thursday. No motive for the shooting had yet been established Wednesday. Born in Texas, he had moved to Charlotte in 2014 and enrolled as a history major at UNCC in 2018. Sources close to the case said that Terrell is autistic, but no details of the severity of his autism or any particulars were available.
After 10 PM Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper joined University officials at a news conference. The officials announced that exams were canceled through Sunday. They added: “Students, if you have not yet contacted your family to let them know you are safe, please do."
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