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Witnesses from the classroom told CBS News that the suspected shooter was a student at UNCC and sat in on the class for about 10 minutes before taking out a gun.

Police said one of the victims, 21-year-old Riley Howell, tackled the gunman, possibly sparing more lives.

"This is the saddest day in UNC Charlotte's history", NCC Chancellor Philip Dubois said in a statement. Dubois also said he reached out to the families of both men and told them the university would do "everything we can to lift them up over the hard days, weeks, and months ahead", according to WTVD.

Television footage of the police escort of 21-year-old Riley Howell showed dozens of people holding US flags lining the street as the procession turned into the funeral home in his mountain hometown of Waynesville.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Wednesday afternoon that Howell "took the fight to the assailant", and likely saved the lives of many of his classmates.

Putney said he had spoken to Howell's father about the youngster's heroism. Terrell taught himself French and Portuguese with the help of a language learning program his grandfather bought him and was attending UNC-Charlotte, Rold said. He meant to pursue a major in Computer Science and become a game developer.


The other student killed in the shooting was Ellis Parlier, 19, officials said.

The campus police chief said the suspect had not appeared on their radar as a potential threat.

The four injured were identified by the university as Sean DeHart, 20, and Drew Pescaro, 19, both of Apex, N.C.; Emily Houpt, 23, of Charlotte; and Rami Alramadhan, 20, of Saihat, Saudi Arabia.

A medic walks between police cars after a shooting on the campus of University of North Carolina Charlotte in University City, Charlotte, on April 30, 2019.

Howell also loved his girlfriend of five years, Lauren Westmoreland, his family said, referring to her as his "soul mate". "I didn't realize it might come to that for somebody else".

Police in Charlotte arrested former UNC Charlotte student Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, on suspicion of murder and attempted murder but offered no explanation for a motive.


"I just went into a classroom and shot the guys", Mr Terrell told reporters Tuesday as officers led him handcuffed into a law enforcement building.

The report explains that Terrell took shooting classes before the attack and was carrying about 10 magazines. "What he did was he took the assailant off his feet, and then the heroes that we have here were able to apprehend him from there". He said his grandson wasn't very social.

The shooting started in a classroom at about 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, police said.

The rest of the students in the class and lecturer Adam Johnson managed to escape, joining dozens of other people on campus who hid or barricaded themselves in safe spaces to try to survive.

Terrell had a lot of ammunition and while detectives are not sure if he was targeting anyone specifically, they know he picked out the Kennedy Building and gave no indication he was going to stop shooting before Mr Howell charged, Mr Putney said. They said he was rarely seen without a smile and whose heroics on Tuesday reflected his devotion to others.

An outdoor concert scheduled for Tuesday night at the campus football stadium by rap artist Waka Flocka Flame was also canceled after the shooting. "And there are parents that are never going to be able to hug their children again", she said.


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