22-year-old man charged with killing 2, injuring 4 at UNC Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Two people were killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire on the campus of University of North Carolina at Charlotte Tuesday evening.
The shooting happened about 5:40 p.m., according to university officials. UNCC Niner Alerts tweeted that gunshots were reported near Kennedy Hall, an administrative building on campus.
"Shots reported near kennedy. Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately," the tweet read.
UNC Charlotte Chief of Police Jeff Baker said a suspect armed with a pistol entered the building and opened fire. Officers arrived within two to three minutes, entered the building and were able to subdue the shooter.
The accused gunman, 22-year-old Trystan A. Terrell, was taken into custody. Video showed Terrell being led away in handcuffs shortly after police arrived on campus.
Terrell has been charged with two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm on educational property, and discharging a firearm on educational property.
"Our officers actions definitely saved lives. There's no doubt about that," Baker said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said there is no reason to believe that anyone else was involved.
Four other people were injured in the shooting, three of which have been listed in critical condition, according to Medic.
The Lambda Delta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega confirmed that one of their fraternity brothers, Drew Pescaro, was injured in the shooting. He was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition.
Officials have not released the names of the other victims.
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Witnesses told FOX 46 that the campus erupted into chaos as students ran frantically to get to safety. Tristan Field, a student at UNC Charlotte, tweeted they were in class when the shooting started.
"Why would anyone do this. We were just doing presentations and someone started shooting up the room. We didn't do anything but our work. Stay safe UNCC," he tweeted.
Students and families were instructed to head to 8600 University City Boulevard. The campus remained on lockdown for 12 hours following the shooting. The Kennedy building remains closed on Wednesday due to an active crime scene, school officials said.
The university has more than 26,500 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.
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CATS tweeted Tuesday that Lynx Blue Line trains "will have end of line service at the McCullough Station" due to the reported shooting. A bus bridge is being put in place between McCullough and JW Clay Station.
Waka Flocka Flame was scheduled to perform on campus at 6 p.m. at UNCC's football stadium to celebrate the last day of classes. The concert was canceled as a result of the shooting, university officials said.
Waka Flocka put out a statement offering prayers to his fans at UNCC.
"I pray all my fans are safe and ok! It sure what's going on, I just landed in Charlotte to terry news! I will not be able to perform or even make it to the venue..please to all my supporters and followers be safe," the star posted on his Instagram story.
Mayor of Charlotte Vi Lyles tweeted that the community was "in shock" over the events at UNC Charlotte.
"We are in shock to learn of an active shooter situation on the campus of UNC Charlotte. My thoughts are with families of those who lost their lives, those injured, the entire UNCC community and the courageous first responders who sprang into action to help others," Lyles tweeted.
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore tweeted he was sending prayers the UNC Charlotte community.
"Devastated to learn that two people have been killed and others are in critical condition in this shooting @UNCCharlotte. I join all North Carolinians mourning this tragic loss, praying for the recovery of those injured, and urging students and staff to stay safe and alert," Moore Tweeted.
University officials said all final exams have been canceled through Sunday.
The FBI was assisting CMPD and other law enforcement partners at UNC Charlotte in the aftermath of the on-campus shooting. The shooting remained under investigation.