22-Year-Old UNC Shooting Suspect Is Named

Police say shooter opened fire in campus building, killing 2
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 1, 2019 3:19 AM CDT
Suspect Named in UNC Campus Shooting
Students gather on the campus of the University of North Carolina Charlotte after a shooting Tuesday afternoon, April 30, 2019, in Charlotte, NC.   (John Simmons/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Police have identified the suspect in a fatal campus shooting as a 22-year-old man. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police issued a statement late Tuesday identifying the suspect as Trystan Andrew Terrell. They say he's in custody with charges pending. Authorities say he used a pistol to open fire on students in a classroom building at UNC-Charlotte, killing two and wounding four. His grandfather, Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas, says Terrell had moved to Charlotte two years ago with his father. Rold tells the AP that the actions don't sound like his grandson. He says: "This is not in his DNA." Authorities say two people were found dead at the scene, two others have life-threatening injuries and two others have less serious injuries.

University of North Carolina-Charlotte Police Chief Jeff Baker says officers arrived within minutes to the room in a campus building where the shooting happened, disarming the gunman. He says a call came in at 4:40pm Tuesday that a suspect armed with a pistol had shot several students. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper addressed reporters near the campus hours after the shooting. He vowed to take a hard look at how to keep guns away from universities and schools. He said students shouldn't fear for their lives, nor parents fear for their children's safety when they go off to school. He said: "This violence has to stop." (More University of North Carolina stories.)

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