2 Dead, 4 Others Injured in UNC-Charlotte Shooting

A shooting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has left two people dead and three others in critical condition, local Charlotte police said Tuesday.

A Charlotte TV station has identified the suspected shooter as Trystan Terrell, a former history major at the university, though local authorities have not confirmed the shooter's identity. Police said they have a suspect in custody, but Tuesday night still hadn't released the suspect's name or if he was a student.

The campus was placed on lockdown for several hours after reports of the shooting, but the campus is no longer on lockdown. At a news conference Tuesday night, UNCC Police Chief Jeff Baker confirmed that two people were dead, three people were in critical condition and another person had non-life-threatening injuries.

Baker said officers were actually on campus going through a roll call to prepare for securing a concert scheduled for later Tuesday night at the school's football stadium. The concert has since been cancelled.

The police chief said once the alert of the shooting happened, his officers dispersed to the hot spot on campus, and that multiple officers entered a building where the gunshots were fired. He said one officer "immediately went to the suspect to take him down."

WCNC in Charlotte, who identified the shooter, initially reported the two deceased persons died at the scene. The report didn't identify if any of the victims are students, faculty, staff or guests.

This report from Twitter, shared by the UNCC office of Emergency Management (UNCC OEM), shows what looks to be police carrying away the shooting suspect.

The UNCC OEM said the campus is still on lockdown shortly after 7 p.m. ET, and advised people to remain in locations where they feel safe.

Students and their families were advised to go to 8600 University City Boulevard to reunite with each other, according to WCNC.

The campus sent out a NinerAlert emergency message for all people to "Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately." It also advised them to monitor their email.

Those close to the situation on campus began using social media Tuesday to describe the situation as it unfolded. This student said she was listening to presentations when she heard a door open and gun shots start firing.

David Hodges, an investigative reporter for WBTV in Charlotte, interviewed a student who described a "trail of blood" that he saw.

This video from WCCB in Charlotte shows a video of local police evacuating students.

Drew Bollea, a reporter and anchor at WCCB in Charlotte, posted this video of police making everyone hold their hands up while police ran towards the woods with their guns drawn.

Tuesday was the last day for classes at UNCC, and a concert had been scheduled for later tonight at Jerry Richardson Stadium. The concert and the Spring 2019 Late Night Breakfast scheduled to be held after the concert have both been canceled.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said she was "shocked" in this tweet. "We are in shock to learn of an active shooter situation on the campus of UNC Charlotte. My thoughts are with the 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."

Rep. Richard Hudson, who represents North Carolina's 8th Congressional District, issued a statement following the shooting at UNC-Charlotte: "Renee and I are heartbroken to see this violence in our community and at my alma mater," Hudson said. "We are grateful for the quick and selfless action of first responders and police. Our thoughts and prayers are with victims, their families, and the entire 49er community. I will continue to monitor the situation and pray for the safety of all on campus."

Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12), in a tweet, said she was horrified to hear of the incident.

This is the second shooting either at or near the UNCC campus in 2019. The other occured on Jan. 31 this year at the city center, which is near the campus. A website that tracks shootings — whether intentional or accidental — at U.S. schools, everytownresearch.org, notes there have been eight shootings at colleges and universities in 2019 before Tuesday. The Jan. 31 shooting near UNCC was not included in the research.