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Two people have been killed on the campus on UNC-Charlotte on Tuesday evening. The shooter has been identified as 22-year-old Trystan Terrell, who made a full confession to investigators during his questioning with CMPD.
Police say Terrell went into the Kennedy building on UNC-Charlotte’s main camus around 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, armed with a pistol. Witnesses told investigators that he started shouting and began shooting randomly – not at specific targets. Shortly after the shooting, Medic confirmed two people were killed and four others were rushed to Carolinas Medical Center, three in critical condition and one with minor injuries.
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 firearm on educational property.
The two victims have been identified as 21 year old Riley Howell of Waynesville, NC and 19 year old Ellis Parlier of Midland, NC. Officials identified the four injured as 20-year-old Rami Alramadhan of Saudi Arabia, 20-year-old Sean Dehart of Apex, NC, 23-year-old Emily Houpt of Charlotte, and 19-year-old Drew Pescaro of Apex, NC.
The relationship between the victims and suspects has not been released yet. A police report lists the relationship between the two people killed and Terrell as “Not Known to Victim.”
During a press conference Tuesday evening, campus police said once they got reports of a suspect armed with a pistol that had shot several students multiple officers immediately went into the building, disarmed the suspect and took him into custody. There is no word on what transpired during that confrontation.