‘I went into a classroom and shot some guys’ said college campus shooter after he ‘shot dead two and injured four others in classroom rampage’ yesterday
UNC Charlotte dropout Trystan Terrell has been charged with two counts of murder and four of attempted murder.
The suspect who turned to reporters and smirked as he was led into police station, also faces four charges of assault with a deadly weapon and two for alleged firearms offenses
Trystan Terrell, 22, opened fire on the UNC campus on Tuesday afternoon
Witnesses say he went into a classroom, firing his gun, without saying anything
Riley Howell, 21, and Ellis Parlier, 19, died from their injuries and four others were injured including three critically
Drew Pescaro, 19, Sean Dehart, 20, Rami Alramatin, 20, and Emily Houpt, 23, were injured
Terrell was arrested not long afterwards on the campus and taken into custody, but his motive for the shooting remains unclear was or if his gun was legally owned
The history major previously described as autistic by his dad, dropped out of UNC earlier this semester
He is being held in custody on several charges including murder, attempted murder and firearms offenses – He’s due in court on Thursday afternoon
Suspect: Gunman Trystan Terrell ([photo], has been charged with two counts of murder and four of attempted murder after Tuesday’s shooting at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte
The college dropout who opened fire on his old school on Tuesday, killing two people and injuring four others, smirked as he was led into the police station afterwards and proudly told reporters: ‘I went into a classroom and shot some guys.’
Mass shooting suspect Trystan Terrell, 22, was arrested at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte after running out of ammunition in a classroom where he had opened fire on Tuesday, killing two people and leaving four other injured.
The victims were identified on Wednesday morning.
UNCC Chancellor Philip Dubois said during an appearance on WBT Radio that the victims killed in the shooting have been identified as Ellis Parlier, 19, and Riley Howell, 21, both from North Carolina.
Rami Alramadhan, 20, of Saudi Arabia, as well as Drew Pascaro, 19, Sean Dehart, 20, Emily Houpt, 23, all from North Carolina were injured
It began at 5.40pm when he burst into an anthropology class while students were giving presentations. Authorities are still trying to unravel his motive for the shooting spree.
Terrell was a student at the college until this semester but dropped out. The circumstances around his departure are not yet known.
At 5.40pm on Tuesday, he opened fire in a classroom with a handgun, according to witnesses.
He shot until he ran out of bullets, they said, and then was taken into custody.
Terrell grew up in Arlington, Texas, but moved to Charlotte two years ago to live with his father.
His grandfather reacted in shock to the news on Tuesday and said he never showed any interest in guns or weapons.
While his family was in presented a different profile of Trystan, with his grandfather saying: ‘You’re describing someone foreign to me. This is not in his DNA,’ adding that Trystan had never shown any interest in guns or weapons and claimed he taught himself French and Portuguese.
But classmates described him as ‘quiet’ and introverted.
‘He just seemed really quiet and standoffish.
‘I’ve never seen him talk to anyone else or socializing really like the rest of the people around campus, because we’re pretty close-knit.
‘Everyone knows everyone pretty much and I’ve never seen him at events or parties or anything like that,’ one told Fox 46.
According to an eyewitness, Terrell burst into a classroom with other students when he decided to open fire.
Authorities later said that there were three people in critical condition.
The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity posted a tweet saying one of its members, Drew Pescaro, was wounded in the shooting.
‘We support the students and personnel at UNC-Charlotte affected by today’s tragic shooting,’ ATO’s national office tweeted on Tuesday.
‘ATO brother Drew Pescaro was shot and is currently hospitalized in stable condition. We are keeping Drew, the chapter and the campus in our prayers.’
Students posted images on social media showing themselves during the lock down.
On Tuesday night, the university’s chancellor released a statement to say it had been the ‘saddest’ day in its history.
‘This is the saddest day in UNC Charlotte’s history. Earlier this evening, the unthinkable happened on our campus.
‘Families of the deceased victims are being notified, and university staff are with those who are injured. The entire UNC Charlotte community shares the shock and grief of this senseless, devastating act. This was an attack on all of Niner Nation,’ he said.
Finals that had been scheduled to take place on Wednesday are now due to happen on Sunday.
Dramatic video posted on social media shows students the Charlotte campus being evacuated after the shooting.
Uniformed police officers were seen running toward the location of the shooting while panicked students fled in the opposite direction, some with hands up.
A helicopter was also seen flying overhead during the tense moments.
The campus was to host a concert at the school’s football stadium to mark the last day of classes.
Students were on their way to Jerry Richardson Stadium to see the rapper Waka Flocka Flame.
‘I’m safe y’all,’ the rapper tweeted on Tuesday.
The university has more than 26,500 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.
Sam Rice, a senior on UNC Charlotte’s tennis team, told Spectrum News that he was in the library studying for a final exam when he heard people yelling ‘shooter, shooter.’
He said he heard police yelling for people to stay down and stay on the floor.
The rapper tweeted on Tuesday: ‘I’m safe y’all’
Concerned students gather on campus after the shooting on Tuesday afternoon
A number of emergency vehicles are seen on Mary Alexander Road on the UNC Charlotte campus on Tuesday
Trystan Andrew Terrell is the former University of North Carolina at Charlotte student who allegedly shot two people dead and wounded four others on campus on Tuesday.
Terrell is a 22-year-old resident of Charlotte who moved to the area from his native Texas.
He enrolled at UNC Charlotte in the fall of 2018, but he did not sign up for classes for this current spring semester.
Terrell does not appear to have a criminal record.
According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Terrell is a registered member of the Libertarian Party.
He is described as a white male whose ethnicity is ‘non-Hispanic or Latino’.
In December 2011, Terrell’s mother, Robyn, died of breast cancer at the age of 47.
Trystan is one of two children that Robyn shared with her husband of 21 years, Craig Terrell.
His sister, Chloe Terrell, studied psychology at Texas Woman’s University. She graduated from the school in 2016. That same year Craig Terrell revealed on his daughter’s blog that Trystan was diagnosed with autism