Suspect: Trystan Terrell (pictured), 22, has been charged with two counts of murder and four of attempted murder after Tuesday’s University of North Carolina shooting
The suspected gunman accused of killing two people and injuring four others at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte smirked as he was led into the police station Tuesday night.
Trystan Terrell, 22, who was dressed in dark clothing and had his hands cuffed behind his back, turned to a reporter outside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and smiled and shouted something inaudible while heading into the police headquarters.
This morning Terrell was charged with two counts of murder and four of attempted murder.
He also faces four charges of assault with a deadly weapon and two for alleged firearms offences.
Video shows one of the officers, who is leading him inside, jerking the suspect’s arm after he made the comment, before they disappear from view.
Trystan Terrell, the 22-year-old suspect in the shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday, was seen smirking as he was led into the police station during his arrest
Terrell said something to a reporter with a camera who was outside the police station on Tuesday
Before entering the police station, Terrell was expressionless as officers escorted him toward the entrance. He then flashed a smile at the camera
Terrell was a history major at the school before dropping out this semester,
Eyewitnesses say he was sitting in a classroom with other students before opening fire with a pistol, causing mass panic. It is not known why he was in class after he had dropped out.
Moments before, Terrell was captured in cell phone footage at the scene of the shooting being led to a police car while under arrest.
The suspect is seen hunched over as he walks with his face pointed toward the ground.
His grandfather, Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas, says Terrell had moved to Charlotte two years ago with his father.
Video posted on social media from moments earlier shows police taking Terrell, the suspected gunman, into custody in Charlotte on Tuesday
The gunman shot dead two people and wounded four others on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Rold told The Associated Press that the actions don’t sound like his grandson. He said: ‘This is not in his DNA.’
Terrell taught himself French and Portuguese with the help of a language learning program his grandfather bought him, Rold said.
A classmate told FOX46 News: ‘He just seemed really quiet and standoffish.
‘I’ve never seen him talk to anyone else or socializing really like the rest of the people around campus, because we’re pretty close-knit.
‘Everyone knows everyone pretty much and I’ve never seen him at events or parties or anything like that’.
The gunman is seen above with his head down facing the ground as officers escort him to a police car
Local and federal law enforcement officers rushed to the scene of the shooting
According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Terrell is a registered member of the Libertarian Party. He is described as a white male whose ethnicity is ‘non-Hispanic or Latino’.
In December 2011, Terrell’s mother, Robyn, died of breast cancer at the age of 47.
He is one of two children that Robyn shared with her husband of 21 years, Craig Terrell. In May 2016, Craig Terrell revealed on his daughter’s blog that Trystan was diagnosed with autism.
According to an eyewitness, Terrell was sitting in a classroom with other students when he decided to open fire.
‘There was an active shooter in my room in the Kennedy building at UNC Charlotte, get to safety immediately,’ Tristan Field, a student at the Charlotte campus, tweeted on Tuesday.
‘Why would anyone do this. We were just doing presentations and someone started shooting up the room. We didn’t do anything but our work. Stay safe UNCC…’
Tristan Field says he was in class with Terrell at the Kennedy building in UNC Charlotte when he began to shoot
Field added: ‘The shooter at UNCC didn’t say anything. He just started shooting during our final presentations and we all ran out.
‘I’m praying for everyone that got hit and UNC Charlotte as a whole.
‘Why here? Why today? Why UNC Charlotte? Why my classroom? What did we do?’
Field and Terrell were sitting in a lecture for the Science, Technology and Society class with Professor Adam Johnson.
The Mecklenburg Emergency Medical Services Agency has said two people were found dead at the scene, two others have life-threatening injuries and two others have injuries that are not life-threatening.
The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity posted a tweet saying one of its members, Drew Pescaro, was wounded in the shooting
Pescaro ‘was shot and is currently hospitalized in stable condition,’ according to ATO
Authorities later said that there were three people in critical condition.
The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity posted a tweet saying one of its members, Drew Pescaro, was wounded in the shooting.
‘We support the students and personnel at UNC-Charlotte affected by today’s tragic shooting,’ ATO’s national office tweeted on Tuesday.
‘ATO brother Drew Pescaro was shot and is currently hospitalized in stable condition. We are keeping Drew, the chapter and the campus in our prayers.’
Students posted images on social media showing themselves during the lock down.
Authorities responded to reports of a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday
Dramatic video posted on social media shows students being evacuated from the Charlotte campus
Police are seen above on the campus in Charlotte during the emergency on Tuesday
One of the gunshot victims is seen in the above photo being helped by another person
A blood stained shirt is seen above after a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday
The image above shows students at UNCC remaining in place after news about the shooting broke
Shattered glass is seen on the floor at the entrance to a building on campus in Charlotte on Tuesday
The school’s official Twitter handle tweeted alerts to students and faculty
Another tweet read: ‘NinerAlert: Campus lockdown continues. Remain in a safe location. Monitor email and UNCC homepage’
Dramatic video posted on social media shows students the Charlotte campus being evacuated.
Uniformed police officers are seen running toward the location of the shooting while panicked students are fleeing in the opposite direction, some with hands up.
A helicopter is also seen flying overhead during the tense moments.
UNC Charlotte’s official Twitter handle tweeted: ‘NinerAlert: Shots reported near kennedy. Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately.’
Another tweet read: ‘NinerAlert: Campus lockdown continues. Remain in a safe location. Monitor email and UNCC homepage.’
One video posted to social media shows a large group of students with their hands up in the air.
One video posted to social media shows a large group of students with their hands up in the air
The campus was to host a concert at the school’s football stadium to mark the last day of classes
The campus was to host a concert at the school’s football stadium to mark the last day of classes.
Students were on their way to Jerry Richardson Stadium to see the rapper Waka Flocka Flame.
‘I’m safe y’all,’ the rapper tweeted on Tuesday.
The university has more than 26,500 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.
Sam Rice, a senior on UNC Charlotte’s tennis team, told Spectrum News that he was in the library studying for a final exam when he heard people yelling ‘shooter, shooter.’
He said he heard police yelling for people to stay down and stay on the floor.
Students were on their way to a campus stadium for a scheduled concert by rapper Waka Flocka Flame (seen in the above stock image)
The rapper tweeted on Tuesday: ‘I’m safe y’all’ (seen above)
He was ‘waiting for someone to tell us everything was going to be OK.’
When people were told to leave, he ran out in his socks, running over glass on the floor.
His reaction is ‘just shock,’ he told the television station. ‘It doesn’t feel real.’
Susan Harden, an UNCC professor and Mecklenburg County Commissioner, was at home when she heard of the shooting.
She went to a staging area, she said, to provide support.
Harden said she has taught inside the Kennedy building, where the shootings occurred.
‘It breaks my heart. We’re torn up about what’s happened,’ Harden said.
People gathered across from the campus of UNC Charlotte on Tuesday moments after the shooting
Law enforcement officials secure the main entrance to UNC Charlotte on Tuesday evening
‘Students should be able to learn in peace and in safety and professors ought to be able to do their jobs in safety.’
Charlotte’s 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.’
U.S. House Rep. Mark Walker, a Republican from North Carolina, tweeted: ‘Absolutely heartbroken to learn of the two deaths at UNC-Charlotte.
‘Details still unfolding, but prayers with those receiving medical care right now.’
Concerned students gather on campus after the shooting on Tuesday afternoon
A UNC Charlotte campus police officer carries a tactical shield after the shooting on Tuesday
A number of emergency vehicles are seen on Mary Alexander Road on the UNC Charlotte campus on Tuesday
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis said on Twitter: ‘Absolutely horrific news at #UNCC Susan and I are grateful for the first responders at the scene and our thoughts are with the @unccharlotte community.’
Said Rep. Richard Hudson on Twitter: ‘Renee & I are heartbroken to see violence at my alma mater @unccharlotte.
‘Grateful for the quick action of 1st responders & police.
‘Our prayers are with victims, their families & the #49er community.
‘I’ll continue to monitor the situation & pray for the safety of our campus #UNCC.’
North Carolina’s governor, Roy Cooper, tweeted: ‘This is a tragic day for Charlotte and this great university.
Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head and wounded in an assassination attempt in January 2011, tweeted: ‘I am so sorry for these young people and their families. We fail as a nation when we fail to protect our children. You deserve better.’
‘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.’
Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head and wounded in an assassination attempt in January 2011, tweeted: ‘I am so sorry for these young people and their families.
‘We fail as a nation when we fail to protect our children. You deserve better.’
Since the shooting, Giffords has become an advocate for gun control legislation.
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT ALLEGED GUNMAN TRYSTAN TERRELL
Trystan Terrell is the 22-year-old suspect accused of shooting two people dead at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Trystan Andrew Terrell is the former University of North Carolina at Charlotte student who allegedly shot two people dead and wounded four others on campus on Tuesday.
Terrell is a 22-year-old resident of Charlotte who moved to the area from his native Texas.
He enrolled at UNC Charlotte in the fall of 2018, but he did not sign up for classes for this current spring semester.
Terrell does not appear to have a criminal record.
In December 2011, Terrell’s mother, Robyn, died of breast cancer at the age of 47. She passed away in an Arlington, Texas hospital
According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Terrell is a registered member of the Libertarian Party.
He is described as a white male whose ethnicity is ‘non-Hispanic or Latino’.
In December 2011, Terrell’s mother, Robyn, died of breast cancer at the age of 47.
She passed away in an Arlington, Texas hospital.
Trystan is one of two children that Robyn shared with her husband of 21 years, Craig Terrell.
His sister, Chloe Terrell, studied psychology at Texas Woman’s University. She graduated from the school in 2016.
In May 2016, Craig Terrell revealed on his daughter’s blog that Trystan was diagnosed with autism
In May 2016, Craig Terrell revealed on his daughter’s
He wrote: ‘When my son was three, I watched as a nurse in a neurologist’s office had my son walk down the hallway.
‘And just because he walked on his tiptoes, she said, “Has anyone ever mentioned the word autism to you?”
‘And with one sentence, our lives got more complicated.’