Last updated on May 2nd, 2019
University of North Carolina became the latest target of mass shooting, when a gunman opened fire at the UNC Charlotte campus on Tuesday. Reportedly, two people died and four were critically injured.
The gunman has been identified as a 22-year-old student, named Trystan Andrew Terrell. As per the school records, Terrell joined the university in the fall of 2018.
According to the police, Terrell 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 a firearm on educational property, and discharging a firearm on educational property.
The local authorities received the first alert of shooting at the UNC Charlotte campus at 5:42 PM, according to campus Police Chief Jeff Baker. The shooter was then in the Kennedy building of the campus. A couple of campus police officers entered the building in response to the call and apprehended the shooter.
The Office of Emergency Management at UNC Charlotte tweeted amidst the shooting, asking the students and teachers of the campus to remain hidden.
Susan Harden, a professor at the university said, “This is a day at the end of the semester, when students are doing performances, presentations … this is just the worst thing.”
“Our campus is so safe. So safe. I’ve never felt unsafe on our campus. I’m heartbroken,” she added.
On hearing about the arrest of his grandson Terrell, Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas told the media that the accused never displayed any interest in any sort of weapons.
“You’re describing someone foreign to me,” Rold remarked in a telephonic interview Tuesday night. “This is not in his DNA.”
Memories of the Baltimore shooting incident had not even faded, when mass shooting at the UNC Charlotte added to the woes of the Americans.
Rap artist Waka Flocka Flame’s free concert has been cancelled in the wake of the attack. The final exams have also been postponed as the students and authorities are still in shock.
Recent shootings at educational institutions have instilled fear among the students and parents in the country. Even though the reason behind the UNC Charlotte incident is still unknown, appropriate safety and security measures might have averted the crisis. Regular counseling sessions can help students from going down the road from where it is impossible to return.