Student killed in University of North Carolina-Charlotte shooting 'died a hero'

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Officials say it bought police time to get to him and stopped the shooting, saving countless lives.

Riley Howell, 21, who was killed in the shooting, "took the suspect off his feet", said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney in a news conference.

NBC News reports police disarmed the suspect who was identified as 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell.

The other fatality was 19-year-old Ellis Parlier of Midland, N.C.

The shooting reports came as the university was still reeling from the mass shooting that claimed the lives of two well-liked students and injured four others.

At least two officers arrested Terrell after the shooting.

A young man suspected of using a deadly firearm at one of the nation's first public universities on April 30 was a former student, North Carolina authorities have revealed.

Just before 6 p.m. - local time - panic spread across the campus after Emergency Management sent out an alert, asking students and faculty members to "Run, Hide, Fight".

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The four injured students were Rami Alramadhan, 20, of Saihat, Saudia Arabia; Emily Houpt, 23, of Charlotte; and Apex, NC, residents Sean Dehart, 20, and Drew Pescaro, 19. His motive remains unclear.

Trystan Andrew Terrell allegedly opened fire in a room at the Kennedy building on Tuesday, killing two and injuring four, according to police.

It was not immediately clear which part of the school the shooter targeted. "I will not be able to perform or even make it to the venue... please tell all my supporters and followers to be safe", Waka wrote on his Instagram Stories.

"When I spoke to the father - one father to another - I told him personally, I wished I had words", he said.

"We are in shock to learn of an active shooter situation on the campus of UNC Charlotte". Instead students spent the day on campus collecting belongings they left behind while evacuating buildings and trying to process what happened. "But his sacrifice saved lives", Putney said.

"The FBI is prepared to provide any resource needed as the investigation continues to determine exactly what led to this tragic loss of life in our community", said John Strong, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Charlotte. Terrell had been enrolled at the school but withdrew this semester, UNC-Charlotte spokeswoman Buffy Stephens said. "And there are parents that are never going to be able to hug their children again", she said.

Video footage posted to social media showed students evacuating campus buildings with their hands raised as police officers ran past them toward the scene of the shooting.

The University of North Carolina-Charlotte, founded in 1946, is one of the largest universities in the state with over 24,000 undergraduate students now in attendance.

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