CMPD Chief Kerr Putney Says Victim Saved Lives By Tackling Suspect In UNC Charlotte Shooting

WATCH LIVE: Officials from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, UNC Charlotte and the City of Charlotte hold a media briefing to discuss the UNC Charlotte school shooting incident from yesterday.

Posted by WCCB, Charlotte's CW on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officials from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, UNC Charlotte and the City of Charlotte held a joint media briefing Wednesday to discuss the shooting that happened on the UNC Charlotte campus.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney talked about how the actions of one of the victim’s helped save many lives.  Putney said 21-year-old Riley Howell tackled the suspect, 22-year-old Trystan Terrell, which helped save lives and give officers more time to get to the Kennedy building where the shooting took place.  Howell died during a struggle with the gunman, according to Putney.

Riley Howell

A short time later, officers were able to take Terrell into custody.  Putney said Terrell had “quite a bit of ammo” on him during the shooting.  Officials are not releasing how Terrell got the handgun used in the shooting but are saying it was purchased legally.

Six total students were shot.  Two of the students died, Howell and 19-year-old Ellis “Reed” Parlier.  Howell was from Waynesville, North Carolina and Parlier was from Midland, North Carolina.

Ellis “Reed” Parlier

The four students injured have been identified as 19-year-old Drew Pescaro of Apex, N.C.; 20-year-old Rami Alramadhan of Saudi Arabia; 20-year-old Sean Dehart of Apex, N.C.; and 23-year-old Emily Houpt of Charlotte, N.C.

Terrell, a former UNC Charlotte student, 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, Possession of Firearm on Educational Property, and Discharging Firearm on Educational Property.

Suspected Gunman Trystan Terrell

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles also spoke during the news conference.  She said, “We are resilient, we are Charlotte.”  Lyles also said officials from the White House called and offered assistance.

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois said school will return to normal operating status as of midnight and exams will remained cancelled through Sunday.  Students who are graduating will walk even if they haven’t finished exams and commencement will go on as scheduled, according to Dubois.

For full information on the shooting click HERE.