An active shooter was reported on the campus of the University of North Carolina Charlotte on April 30. It was the last day of classes and a time when most students were preparing to graduate or go home for the summer. Some students were in their final classes for the semester while others were milling about outside when the shooter took his first shot in the Kennedy building. Two people were killed, and four others were left in critical condition. Officers quickly swarmed the building and were able to apprehend the suspect with no incident.
The six students involved in the shooting have been identified. Riley Howell and Ellis Parlier were killed during the shooting. Trystan Terrell has been identified as the suspect. When he was taken to a local police department, he could be seen smiling before he entered the building. He has now been charged with two counts of murder as well as four counts of attempted murder. Other charges could stem from the event. Within moments of being notified that there was an active shooter, the campus went into lockdown. Students were urged to run if they could safely do so outside. They were also urged to lock classroom doors, get away from any kind of glass, and shelter in place until officers let them know that it was safe to leave the building.
Once the suspect was arrested, officers went from one building to another to let students know that they could leave. A staging area was set up at a local grocery store where parents and students could meet and where students could meet with each other as a way to offer comfort. A vigil has been arranged to honor those who were killed. Final exams for some classes have been canceled. Governor Cooper is giving his full support to the school and has ordered flags on state buildings to be lowered to half staff as a way to show respect for those who were killed.