UNC Charlotte shooting victims (2019)

A scene at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus

She is the only graduate among the students who were injured in the shooting, a UNCC spokesman said Friday.

When a gunman walked into a classroom on Tuesday and opened fire, Riley Howell, a 21-year-old junior, ran to the shooter and tackled him to the ground, CNN reports, citing police. 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.

Riley Howell, an environmental studies major from Waynesville, North Carolina, died for his efforts.

Howell knocked the assailant down, buying enough time for the first officer into the classroom to capture Trystan Andrew Terrell, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said.

The police chief said it would be an "understatement" to say Howell tackled the suspect, but it "would be appropriate, and had he not done so, the gunman "might not have been disarmed". Terrell had been enrolled at the school but withdrew this semester, UNC-Charlotte spokesperson Buffy Stephens said. He meant to pursue a major in Computer Science and become a game developer.

Kevin Westmoreland, the father of Howell's longtime girlfriend, Lauren, described Howell as athletic and compassionate.

Drew Pescaro, Emily Houpt, Rami Alramadhan and Sean DeHart were all shot and taken to the hospital on Tuesday.

Parlier was a 19-year-old student from Midland, in the Charlotte area, who graduated from Central Academy of Technology and Arts in 2017. Kevin Westmoreland, whose daughter Lauren dated Howell for almost six years, said Howell was athletic and compassionate - and would have been a good firefighter or paramedic. "I didn't realize it might come to that for somebody else". Police say the Terrell went to the shooting range to practice and had "at least 10 magazines" on him. "All I can say for certain is that we will get through them together".




The deadliest mass shooting on a campus of higher education in the United States took place at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, on April 16, 2007, when a student killed 32 people in a shooting rampage, before killing himself.

Police have identified the alleged shooter as Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, a former student at UNC Charlotte.

Terrell faces two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder. "Police do not believe there is a threat to campus, but officials are closely monitoring the situation".

"His dad hasn't a clue about what happened, or why it happened", said Rold, of Arlington, Texas.

"He was a bright student, very likeable", Nolte said in a phone interview. "Right now, he is not somebody (who) was on our radar", Baker said. St. Thomas Aquinas Church donated more than 1,700 candles for the vigil in memory of the students injured and killed in the shooting. The campus was on lockdown for 12 hours. They said he was rarely seen without a smile and whose heroics on Tuesday reflected his devotion to others.

Students on the campus spent a harrowing night as police searched door-to-door for any other suspects, not giving people the all-clear to move around until nearly dawn on Wednesday.

Just before 6 p.m. - local time - panic spread across the campus after Emergency Management sent out an alert, asking students and faculty members to "Run, Hide, Fight". "And there are parents that are never going to be able to hug their children again", she said.

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