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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The suspect has been charged with murder after two people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Tuesday, WSOC reports. L
Trystan Andrew Terrell
aw enforcement sources confirmed to FOX8 the suspect is 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell, a student of UNCC. WSOC reports Terrell has been charged with two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm on educational property and discharging a firearm on educational property. Chancellor Phillip Dubois said on WBT that the two students who were killed were 19-year-old Ellis Parlier, of Midland, and 21-year-old Riley Howell, of Waynesville. 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. 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.” 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.