Two dead after multiple people shot at UNC Charlotte; suspect in custody

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WAVY) — At least two people are dead after shots were fired at University of North Carolina’s Charlotte campus.

The first warning message from the university came in just before 6:00 Tuesday evening.

Police say the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell, acted alone.

There’s no word on a motive at this time, but officials say he was a former student. 

Four others were injured in the shooting. Three people have life-threatening injuries and one other suffered non-life threatening injuries.

“We had the most tragic situation that can occur on a campus at UNC Charlotte,” UNCC Police Chief Jeff Baker.

Police said the first shots were fired at 5:40 p.m. near the school’s Kennedy building and the campus immediately went into a lockdown.

They said the shooting appears to have happened in a classroom as a presentation was going on. Tuesday was the last day of classes.

The suspect was reportedly armed with a pistol.

“We were able to get in the building quick enough to where we actually took custody of the suspect. He was disarmed,” Baker said.

Students who were on campus when shots were fired described what they went through.

“It was a really scary experience to hear the shots and run. I didn’t think I’d have to experience something like that in my life. It was difficult,” one student said.

“When I was in the library, I was on the second floor. All of a sudden someone ran in and yelled there is an active shooter, get down and it was chaotic and nowhere to go and people were just running,” said another student.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tweeted saying “This is a tragic day for Charlotte and this great university. We mourn the lives lost and we will all be here to support each other.”

Cooper spoke at a press conference saying the state will be providing resources to the university

Final exams have been canceled through Sunday.

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