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Former student Trystan Andrew Terrell charged

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A former University of North Carolina at Charlotte student accused of opening fire in a classroom was formally charged with murder, attempted murder and other offenses related to the deadly shooting, police announced Wednesday.

Two people were killed and four others were injured Tuesday after a shooter opened fire with a pistol in a classroom building as students attended their last day of classes before final exams. 

Trystan Andrew Terrell, a 22-year-old former student, is charged with two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possessing a firearm on educational property and discharging a firearm on educational property, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced in a prepared statement.

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Authorities have not indicated a possible motive. 

The students killed were Ellis Parlier, 19, of Midland, North Carolina; and Riley Howell, 21, of Waynesville, North Carolina, UNCC Chancellor Phillip Dubois told WBT News. He said those injured were: Drew Pescaro, 19, of Apex, North Carolina; Sean Dehart, 20, of Apex, North Carolina; Rami Alramatin, 20, of Saudi Arabia and Emily Haupt, 23, Charlotte, North Carolina, WBT reported.

Terrell, who was booked in jail around 5 a.m., was a history major at UNCC and was last enrolled at the university in fall 2018, the same semester he transferred to the school. The Charlotte Observer reported he had no prior arrest record. 

Born in Texas, Terrell is a registered voter in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Terrell and his father moved to Charlotte from the Dallas area about two years ago after his mother died, his grandfather, Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas, said, according to the Associated Press. 

A vigil was planned for Wednesday on the campus of UNCC campus. The governor vowed a hard look at what happened in order to prevent future shootings.

“A student should not have to fear for his or her life when they are on our campuses,” Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, told reporters. “Parents should not have to worry about their students when they send them off to school. And I know that this violence has to stop. … In the coming days we will take a hard look at all of this to see what we need to do going forward.”

After the shooting, Terrell was taken to police headquarters and interviewed by detectives. After the interview was finished, Terrell was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and charged, police said.

Police disarmed and apprehended Terrell in the same room where shots were fired, said Jeff Baker, UNC Charlotte’s police chief, during a news conference Tuesday night.

Officers who were assembling nearby for a concert rushed to the classroom building and arrested the gunman in the room where the shooting took place. “Our officers’ actions definitely saved lives,” Baker said. 

He said Terrell was “not somebody … on our radar” prior to the campus shooting.

Three of the injured were in critical condition at local hospitals and the fourth was stable Tuesday night, Baker said.

Monifa Drayton, an adjunct professor, was walking onto campus when she heard the shots. She said she directed students fleeing the scene to take cover inside a parking deck.

“I heard one final gunshot and I saw all the children running toward me,” she said. “We started to get all the children pulled into the second floor of the parking deck, and the rationale was if we’re in the parking deck and there’s a shooter and we don’t know where he is, he won’t have a clear shot.

“My thought was, I’ve lived my life, I’ve had a really good life, so, these students deserve the same,” she added. “And so, whatever I could do to help any child to safety, that’s what I was going to do.”

The shooting prompted a lockdown and caused panic across campus. Aerial shots from local television news outlets showed police officers running toward a building, while another view showed students running on a campus sidewalk.

“Just loud bangs,” said Antonio Rodriguez, 24, who was visiting campus for his friend’s art show. “A couple loud bangs and then we just saw everyone run out of the building, like nervous, like a scared run like they were looking behind.”

The university has more than 26,500 students and 3,000 faculty and staff. The campus is northeast of the city center and is surrounded by residential areas.

Contributing: Associated Press 

Nikie Mayo reports for the (Anderson, South Carolina) Independent Mail; Mollie Simon for the Greenville (South Carolina) News; Joey Garrison for USA TODAY

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