Family identified one of the four people who were injured but not killed in the shooting as student and Niner Times sports writer Drew Pescaro. “This is a tragic day at this great university, the City of Charlotte and the State of North Carolina here on the last day of class, just a few days to graduation, but I know the people in this community and they will be here for each other,” Gov. Roy Cooper said at a Tuesday press conference. The shooting happened at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, the last day of spring semester classes. The university tweeted that shots were reported near the Kennedy Building. Trystan Field, of High Point, was inside the classroom where the shooting happened. “I heard some normal screams, and then I heard some terrible screams I never want to hear again,” Field said. According to UNC Charlotte’s student-run newspaper the Niner Times, the university sent out a NinerAlert to the community, directing those on campus to “Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately.” “It was definitely chaotic in the computer lab,” said Raegan Thompson, a UNCC student from the Triad. “There were no professors. It’s just an open lab for people to do homework in, and so we were all just students in there, and so we really didn’t know anything other than we had this alert pop up and then we just see tons of police officers running with guns and shields” Police have not released the names of the two people killed or the four people injured. Three of the people injured are in critical condition. Authorities have not said what led up to the shooting.
BREAKING: #UNCC Chancellor Phillip Dubois says on WBT the students killed are:— News 1110/99.3 WBT (@wbtradio) May 1, 2019
Ellis Parlier, 19, of Midland, NC
Riley Howell, 21, Waynesville, NC
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are assisting university police in the case. The FBI is also on campus assisting in the investigation. The lockdown at the university was lift as of about 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro baseball team was scheduled to play UNC Charlotte Tuesday. The UNCG team tweeted following the shooting, “Everyone with the UNCG Baseball team is safe and sound. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, students and Charlotte community that were injured or lost their lives in this tragedy.”
⚠️Scene secure. One in custody. No reason to believe anyone else involved.— CMPD News (@CMPD) April 30, 2019
CMPD and UNCC going room by room on campus to identify any students, faculty or others who may be sheltering in place.⚠️
The game was canceled, but the school is now planning a vigil and moment of silence for 6 p.m. Wednesday evening in solidarity with the UNCC community.
Everyone with the UNCG Baseball team is safe and sound. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, students and Charlotte community that were injured or lost their lives in this tragedy.— UNCG Baseball (@UNCGBaseball) April 30, 2019
UNCC shooting suspect, Trystan Terrell, being walked into CMPD headquarters. pic.twitter.com/FrfRU4qovP— Michael Stolp (@StolpWSOC9) May 1, 2019
Students outside main gate: pic.twitter.com/OBLp5nbXMc— Mike Hanson (@MikeWCNC) April 30, 2019
A statement from the President, Vice President and Health & Safety Officer in regards to today’s events. pic.twitter.com/FCdG8D6jrf— Alpha Tau Omega | Lambda Delta (@ATO_UNCC) May 1, 2019
Governor Cooper has been briefed by state law enforcement officials on UNC-Charlotte and is continuing to monitor the situation. Individuals in Charlotte should stay safe and listen to local officials— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) April 30, 2019
Absolutely heartbroken to learn of the two deaths at UNC-Charlotte. Details still unfolding, but prayers with those receiving medical care right now.— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) April 30, 2019
NinerAlert: Shots reported near kennedy. Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately. Monitor email and https://t.co/LxOefV3rbf— UNCC OEM (@NinerAlerts) April 30, 2019