UNC Charlotte Shooting Victim Is Honored As A Hero For Tackling Shooter

University students are seen leaving campus with their hands up. Source GettyMore
University students are seen leaving campus with their hands up. Source GettyMore

03 May, 2019

Riley Howell, 21, right was killed after he tackled a gunman who opened fire at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Two of the four people who were injured are now in critical condition, according to police. Police said a few students, including Howell, died and several others were injured. Terrell intentionally targeted the Kennedy building, where the shooting took place, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.

Local television news footage showed police officers escorting a tall, lanky young man with shaggy brown hair from a patrol auto. "As a friend said, 'Beautiful souls like Riley are always with us in the way they made life more lovely, '" his heartbroken family said in a statement.

One of the two students who were killed in a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday attempted to stop the gunman by jumping on him.

At least two officers arrested Terrell after the shooting.

"It seems very much like something he would do". "What you may not hear is the first and foremost hero, as far as I'm concerned, and his name is Riley Howell".

"Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately", the university said on Twitter shortly before 6 pm.

"When we are faced with something like this, I can't tell you the feelings, the sorrow", said Jeffrey Baker, chief of the university police. "Our officers' actions definitely saved lives", he said.

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Howell was with classmates for end-of-year presentations in an anthropology class when the shooting happened.

Those deaths happened at UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina A&T State University and Western Carolina University.

The other student killed was Ellis Parlier, 19, officials said. The four injured students were Rami Alramadhan, 20; Sean Depart, 20; Emily Houpt, 23; and Drew Pescaro, 19. His motive remains unclear.

UNC Charlotte issued a campus lockdown late Tuesday afternoon, saying shots had been fired, as reported by The Associated Press.

Police say the Terrell went to the shooting range to practice and had "at least 10 magazines" on him. He said his grandson wasn't very social.

A campus vigil for the victims was planned for Wednesday evening. They said the shooting is still under investigation. "We're torn up about what's happened", Harden said.

The father of Howell's longtime girlfriend said news that he tackled the shooter wasn't surprising. He described Howell as an athletically built young man, and said Howell "took the assailant off his feet".

"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.

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