911 Calls Released In UNC Charlotte Shooting That Killed 2, Left 4 Injured

The 911 Calls:

CMPD has released 48 calls that were made to 911 after the shooting at the campus of UNC Charlotte.

The calls have been edited to protect the identity of the caller, which is also a requirement under the law. Identifying information, such as names, addresses and phone numbers, have been removed. Also, the voice of the caller has been altered.

Thirty-two of the 48 calls were received within 16 minutes. A link to the audio of each call can be found below.

*Warning: Viewer discretion is advised.

The Victims:

Dr. Philip Dubois, the Chancellor for UNC Charlotte, has released the names of the students killed and injured in the campus shooting.

The names of those killed:

19-year-old Ellis “Reed” Parlier of Midland, N.C.

21-year-old Riley C. Howell of Waynesville, N.C.

Dr. Dubois released the following information about the two students killed in the shooting:

Ellis “Reed” Parlier, of Midland, NC, was a 19-year-old who intended to pursue a Computer Science major after enrolling at UNC Charlotte in Fall of 2017. Reed loved video games and aspired to one day become a game developer. Reed was a graduate of the highly regarded Central Academy of Technology and Arts, where he studied in the Information Systems academy. He was generous with his time and talents, volunteering as a computer programming tutor for middle school students. Reed’s professors describe him as independent and motivated.

Riley Howell, of Waynesville, NC, was a 21-year-old Environmental Studies major who enrolled in UNC Charlotte in Fall 2018 as a transfer from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Riley loved the outdoors, and Star Wars, and pizza; he played soccer and ran cross country in high school and was described by those close to him as upbeat and optimistic, and always with a smile on his face. Riley’s family describes him as always putting others ahead of himself, and nothing exemplifies that more than his final, heroic actions in defense of his fellow students.

During a news conference, CMPD’s Chief Kerr Putney told reporters that Howell knocked the suspect, 22-year-old Trystan Terrell, off his feet which saved lives.  You can watch the full news conference HERE.

Putney said, “He gave his life in the process. But his sacrifice saved lives.” 

The Howell family sent WCCB a statement that in part reads,

“He was everyone’s protector. Always standing up for what he believed in and lending a strong back to those in need.”

Click HERE to watch video of first responders escorting Howell’s body to Waynesville, North Carolina.

The names of those injured:

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.

23-year-old Emily Houpt of Charlotte, N.C.

Support Services:

The following support services are available to members of the University community:

  • Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) — CAPS is open to serve students and will have hours on Saturday from 12-2:30 p.m. The Price Center is located next to the Student Health Center on 9502 Poplar Terrace. After-hours phone counselors are available by calling 704-687-0311.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) — Employees who need support should contact the EAP at 1-877-603-8259. Onsite support is available in King 201A and 201B.

Scroll to the bottom for more information about exams, commencement schedules, retrieving items, etc.

The Suspect:

The CMPD says Trystan Terrell, 22, 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

Terrell is a former student at UNC Charlotte and lived at the Novel NoDa apartment complex off East 36th Street.

Police say he specifically targeted the Kennedy Building but does not appear to have had any connection to the victims.

During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Chief Kerr Putney said Terrell used a handgun to carry out the shooting, which was purchased legally, and had “quite a bit of ammunition.”

Putney says his detectives are still trying to figure out why Terrell fired those shots Tuesday afternoon.

Terrell waived his right to appear in court for his court date on May 2nd.  He was given a new bond hearing date for May 15th and was assigned a public defender.

Original Story:

CHARLOTTE, NC — Two people are dead and four others are injured after a shooting Tuesday afternoon on the campus of UNC Charlotte. CMPD says one person is in custody.

CMPD has identified the alleged shooter as 22-year-old Trystan Terrell. He 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.

A video posted to Twitter by @K_lopez94 allegedly shows the suspect being taken away by police.

Terrell is a former student at UNCC.  Officials say he was not enrolled in the current semester.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and UNC Charlotte Police held a joint news conference Tuesday night to provide updates on the shooting. You can watch that entire video below:

According to CMPD, UNC Charlotte police responded to a shots fired call near the Kennedy Building on South Library Lane around 5:42 pm. Responding officers located several victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

According to UNC Charlotte Police Chief Jeff Baker, two people were pronounced dead on the scene, 21-year-old Riley Howell and 19-year-old Ellis Parlier.

Chief Baker says there were also four additional victims.

The campus was on lockdown for several hours.  The CMPD was able to clear all the buildings on campus.

All activities scheduled for Tuesday night were canceled. Final exams have also been canceled through Sunday, according to UNCC.

Students organized a candlelight vigil that was attended by thousands.

Even lights on the skyscrapers in Uptown Charlotte were green as the city mourns this tragedy.

Local and state leaders have been offering their condolences and words of support to the victims and their families following the deadly UNCC shooting.

Mayor Vi Lyles tweeted, “We are in shock to learn of an active shooter situation on the campus of UNC Charlotte. 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.”

Governor Roy Cooper also arrived in Charlotte Tuesday night.

Cooper says, “This is a tragic day for Charlotte and this great university. We mourn the lives lost and we will all be here to support each other. I commend the first responders for their quick action and am grateful that the campus is now secure.”

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois issued a letter to the families Niner Nation Tuesday night. You can read the full letter below:

Families of Niner Nation,

This is the saddest day in UNC Charlotte’s history. Earlier this evening, the unthinkable happened on our campus. At approximately 5:40 p.m., an individual opened fire in a UNC Charlotte classroom, cutting short the lives of two members of our community and seriously injuring four others.

Families of the deceased victims are being notified, and University staff are with those who are injured. The entire UNC Charlotte community shares the shock and grief of this senseless, devastating act. This was an attack on all of Niner Nation.

I am proud of and grateful for the efforts of UNC Charlotte Police and Public Safety, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and other emergency officials. The suspected shooter is in custody and lives were saved thanks to their rapid response. Their work on campus will continue over the next several hours. Students and staff on campus should follow the instructions of law enforcement officials and the instructions issued in NinerAlerts. Everyone else should remain off campus until an all-clear message is issued.

The days ahead will be some of the most challenging we have ever encountered. All I can say for certain is that we will get through them together. There is still much that we don’t know, and we will share information with you as soon as it is available. Among those unknowns is how we will navigate the remainder of the semester, including the final examination schedule and graduation. Examinations will be canceled through Sunday while we formulate a plan for the following week.

Counseling and Psychological Services is currently providing counseling services to students who were on campus during the event. We intend to make counseling and spiritual support services available to the entire campus community beginning tomorrow morning. Faculty and staff who need support overnight should contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1-877-603-8259. Additional details regarding those services and other resources will follow in the coming hours.

Other schools in the area also offered their support to those impacted by the tragedy, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who issued the following statement:

“Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) extends deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims of today’s violence on the campus of UNC Charlotte. CMS stands ready to provide support as needed to the UNC Charlotte community in cooperation with University officials, law enforcement, government and agency partners and supporting organizations. The district encourages CMS families and students who may be traumatized by this tragic event to reach out for help to any CMS school staff. CMS counselors, psychologists and other support professionals are available. The district will respond to further information as law enforcement provides updates.”

The FBI has been called in to assist in the investigation.

John Strong, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Charlotte says, “The FBI is on scene and assisting the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and other law enforcement partners at UNC-Charlotte in the aftermath of an on-campus shooting. 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,”

LYNX Blue Line trains were also impacted after the shooting.

Campus Operations:

UNC Charlotte has resumed its regular operating schedule. Employees are asked to report as scheduled.

Exams:

Exams through Sunday remain canceled. UNC Charlotte says all students may choose from the following options in regards to their final exams:

Option 1: You may forgo taking the final exam in any or all of your courses and accept your current course grade as your final grade.

  • We have asked faculty to update Canvas and/or provide instructions about how to calculate your current grade.
  • If you choose this option, you do not need to contact your instructor. By not taking the exam, your instructor will assume that this indicates you are accepting your current course grade as your final grade.

Option 2: You may take your final exam in any or all of your courses and have that grade included in your final course grade.

Commencement:

The commencement ceremony scheduled for 1pm on Friday, May 10th has been moved to 5pm on Friday, May 10th and will take place in Halton Arena.

Saturday ceremonies will continue as scheduled.

Retrieving Items:

Anyone who still has unclaimed items left behind in the buildings on Tuesday should contact Police and Public Safety directly at 704-687-8300 to obtain their possessions.

Memorial Items

Because of the rainy forecast, University Archives will move the items placed on the steps of Kennedy and at the 49er Miner statue inside so they may be preserved in memory of those we have lost.

Niner Nation Unites

Niner Nation Unites, the University’s official crowdfunding site, was established in response to the overwhelming desire to support the victims and the UNC Charlotte community during this time of tragedy. For those interested, more information can be found HERE.

Other campus operations:

Please continue to monitor the Emergency Management website for the latest information on other campus services, including dining and transportation.

Dining halls will remain open through this week, along with reduced retail operations.

Additional updates on campus services can be found HERE.