The horror happened again. A man armed with a pistol opened fire on the final day of classes at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He killed two people and left four others wounded — three of them critically, authorities said.
Gunshots were heard just before 6 p.m. Tuesday as students waited for rapper Waka Flocka Flame’s concert that evening while others prepared for exams later that week.
“Run, Hide, Fight,” the university tweeted after it received calls on the shooting at the Kennedy building. “Secure yourself immediately!”
Officers arriving at the scene found multiple people with gunshot wounds. Police identified the suspect as Trystan Terrell, 22. He was taken into custody without incident. As police led him away in handcuffs, he tilted his head back and smiled at the cameras.
Terrell is facing multiple charges which include two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of firearm on educational property and discharging a firearm on educational property, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said.
The campus of about 30,000 students remained on lockdown for hours as a familiar scene replayed at the latest shooting in the United States.
University officials sent an alert asking students to follow instructions from officers and warning others to stay away from campus until they received an all-clear.
“If you have not contacted your family, please do so,” the campus tweeted.
Tristan Field said the gunfire started while he was in class.
“He just started shooting during our final presentations and we all ran out,” Field tweeted. “We were just doing presentations and someone started shooting up the room. … Why here? Why today? Why UNC Charlotte? Why my classroom? What did we do?”
“I can’t tell you the sadness of the entire community to know that a situation like this has occurred on our campus,” UNC Charlotte police Chief Jeff Baker said. “We are all pretty much devastated.”
An officer quickly went to the room where the suspect had fired from, disarmed him and took him into custody, Baker said.
“This is the saddest day in UNC Charlotte’s history,” UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois said in a statement. ” … The unthinkable happened on our campus … an individual opened fire in a UNC Charlotte classroom, cutting short the lives of two members of our community and seriously injuring four others.”