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Everything We Know About the Shooting at UNC Charlotte

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On Tuesday, two people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As of Wednesday morning, three of those injured were reported to be in critical condition. The same day, police released information about the suspect, who is currently in custody and has been charged with two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder: Trystan Andrew, a 22-year-old student at the university.

Here’s everything we know about the shooting so far.

Two people are dead, and four are injured.

At least two people are dead and four are injured, according to Mecklenburg Emergency Medical Services. NBC News reported that the people killed are Riley Howell, 21, and Ellis Parlier, 19. Parlier and Howell were both students at UNC-Charlotte. Howell was reportedly killed while trying to disarm the shooter.

“What you may not hear is the first and foremost hero, as far as I’m concerned, and his name is Riley Howell,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said during a Wednesday press conference. “…But for his work, the assailant might not have been disarmed. Unfortunately, he gave his life in the process, but his sacrifice saved lives.”

It was initially reported that, of the four people injured and in the hospital receiving treatment, two received life-threatening injuries and two received non-life-threatening injuries. According to NBC News, the four students injured are Drew Pescaro, 19, Emily Houpt, 23, Sean DeHart, 20, and Rami Alramadhan, 20. On Wednesday morning, the New York Times reported that three of the injured victims were in critical condition.

An alert about the shooting was sent at 6 p.m.

The shooting took place at around 5:45 p.m., according to WSOC-TV, and a universitywide notification was sent out at 6 p.m. The school was scheduled to host a Waka Flocka concert on Tuesday night at a stadium near where the shooting occurred, at the Kennedy Building. Students were evacuated from the campus by law enforcement.

The shooter has been apprehended by police.

According to WCOS-TV, the shooter has been identified and taken into custody. “Scene secure. One in custody. No reason to believe anyone else involved,” the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted from its account. “CMPD and UNCC going room by room on campus to identify any students, faculty or others who may be sheltering in place.”

Police have not released the identity of the suspect, but a video taken by an NBC News affiliate shows a young man being taken into the police station.

The mayor of Charlotte released a statement about the shooting.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles released a statement on Twitter about the shooting on Tuesday evening.

“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,” Lyles wrote.

The suspect has since been identified and charged

On Wednesday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department identified their suspect as 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell, the New York Times reports. Local CBS affiliate KKTV reported that Terrell is a student, and that he allegedly confessed to shooting six people on Tuesday evening.

The Times reports that 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, discharging a firearm on an educational property, and possession of a firearm on an educational property. Police have not yet released a potential motive.

This post has been updated.

Everything We Know About the Shooting at UNC Charlotte