With their hands raised in the air, panicked students fled from the UNCC campus amid a lockdown in response to a shooting that took the lives of two people and injured four others, officials said.
UPDATE, 5/1/19 (12:19pm ET): the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have identified the deceased victims in the UNCC shooting as Ellis Parlier, 19, and Riley Howell, 21. The victims being treated at the hospital have been identified as Drew Pescaro, 19, Rami Alramadhan, 20, Emily Houpt, 23, and Sean DeHart, 20.
UPDATE, 4/30/19 (11:41 p.m. ET): The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officially identified the UNCC shooting suspect as Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, in a press statement that HollywoodLife obtained. Trystan is being held in custody with charges pending, police said. It has not been confirmed if the suspect was actually involved in the shooting.
UPDATE, 4/30/19 (11:00 p.m. ET): Two victims were pronounced dead on the scene, after police responded to a call of an active shooter at UNCC’s South Library Lane in the Kennedy Building, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed in a press statement. Multiple victims were found with gunshot wounds and four victims were transported to the hospital, officials reported. A “male subject of interest” was located on the scene, and homicide detectives are not searching for more suspects. His name was not released. The homicide investigation continues.
UPDATE, 4/30/19 (9:37 p.m. ET): Waka Flocka Flame was scheduled to perform with rapper Saweetie at a free concert for UNCC students on April 30, the same day a reported shooting happened on campus. Waka has now cancelled his performance. Upon hearing the tragic news, Waka took to his Instagram Story and wrote, “I pray all my fans are safe and ok! It [sic] 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!”
UPDATE, 4/30/19 (8:00 p.m. ET): After reports of a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) broke on Tuesday evening, April 30, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted that the scene is now “secure” and one person is in custody. “No reason to believe anyone else involved. CMPD and UNCC going room by room on campus to identify any students, faculty or others who may be sheltering in place,” the tweet added. However, the campus remained on lockdown as of 7:43 p.m. ET, the university’s Office of Emergency Management announced.
ORIGINAL STORY: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) appeared to be in a state of panic as videos showed scared students marching off campus in a single-file line, with their hands raised up in the air, under the guidance of police on April 30. A reported shooting broke out on campus, and two people are now dead and four more were injured according to officials, per NBC News. It’s unclear if the reported victims were students.
Of the four injuries that were reported, two were life-threatening and two were non-life-threatening, according to NBC News’ report. The campus is on lockdown, and shots were reported near the university’s Kennedy Hall, according to the college’s Office of Emergency Management Twitter account. “Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately,” the office tweeted at 5:50 p.m. ET.
Today was the lady day of classes before final examinations begin on May 2. There were students in the library, and a photo revealed that one of the glass doors to the building was smashed.
— jordan :) (@jordaypearce) April 30, 2019
— Amanda Foster WBTV (@AFosterWBTV) April 30, 2019
Twitter is now being flooded with even more videos and Snapchat Stories from the horrific incident. UNCC students and families were urged to head to 8600 University City Boulevard in Charlotte by the university’s Office of Emergency Management.
This story is still developing…