Charlotte shooting: Suspect charged with murder; victims identified

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CHARLOTTE, UNITED STATES Two people were killed and four were wounded in a shooting on Tuesday at the University of North Carolina's Charlotte campus.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) has arrested Trystan Terrell, 22, for questioning after a gunman opened fire at the University of North Carolina's (UNC's) Charlotte campus, killing two white males, sending two to the hospital for life-threatening injuries, and wounding another two with non life-threatening injuries.

Two people were killed and four are injured, three of which are in critical condition.

Two of the victims died, and the others remain hospitalized.

Police captured the gunman, identified as 22-year-old former student Trystan Terrell, and took him into custody.

Meanwhile, faculty and students gathered at a vigil Wednesday night in an arena on campus to remember those killed: 19-year-old Ellis "Reed" Parlier and 21-year-old Riley Howell.

Counseling and psychological services were established Tuesday for students who were on campus during the shooting and services will be made available to the entire campus on Wednesday.

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

One of the victims in the mass shooting on Tuesday at the University of North Carolina's Charlotte campus is being praised as a hero who saved lives by charging and tackling the shooter, according to local police.

"Run, Hide, Fight", the university tweeted after it received calls on the shooting at the Kennedy building. Four wounded students were identified as Drew Pescaro, 19; Sean DeHart, 20; Emily Houpt, 23; and Rami Alramadhan, 20. The alleged motive remains unknown.

While authorities worked to clear the buildings and ensure there were no more shooters, panicked students crouched in halls as helicopters buzzed overhead. "I will not be able to perform or even make it to the venue... please tell all my supporters and followers to be safe", Waka wrote on his Instagram Stories. "But I know the people in this community, and they will be here for each other", he said at a news conference. He said officers assembling nearby for a concert rushed to the scene, where they apprehended the male suspect. 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.

Shortly after UNC Charlotte issued a campus lockdown, aerial shots from local television news outlets showed police officers running toward a building, while another view showed students running on a campus sidewalk.

The university said final exams would be postponed through Sunday.

"We can't really discern the why just yet", Putney said.

The University of North Carolina-Charlotte, founded in 1946, is one of the largest universities in the state with over 24,000 undergraduate students now in attendance.

"It's the worst feeling when that text comes", she said.

"What happened yesterday can not happen again", Crean said.

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