U.N.C Charlotte Shooting

Ariana Warner

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On Tuesday, April 30th, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte was shook to its core. Students were giving presentations on the last day of classes, when a man named Trystan Terrell (22 years old) let out shots in the classroom. Everyone was getting ready for rapper Waka Flocka’s, appearance when the university tweeted: “Run, hide, fight. Secure yourself immediately.” 

Two people have passed due to this tragedy, and four are critically injured. Riley Howell, 21, and Ellis Parlier, 19, lost their lives to this incident. Romi Al-Ramadhan, 20, Sean Dehart, 20, Emily Houpt, 23, and Drew Pescaro are identified as the injured victims. Monifa Drayton, the assistant vice principal, told a CNN affiliate that she was walking into the building when she heard shots, and saw teachers and students dart out of the building. She then helped them get to a nearby parking lot.

The campus holding 30,000 students, was on lockdown for hours. Waka Flocka later tweeted he was safe and also added he was nowhere near the campus. Another student who was inside the classroom as well, spoke some heartbreaking words. “He started shooting during our final presentation and we all ran out. Why here? Why today? Why UNC? Why my classroom? What did we do?” Tristan Fields said.

Trystan Terrell was disarmed and later taken into custody. While being handcuffed, Terell still didn’t speak, instead tilting his head back and smiling at the cameras. He was charged with two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault, possession of a firearm, and more.