The last day of classes at the University of North Carolina: Charlotte ended in a way no one expected yesterday as a suspect armed with a pistol opened fire. While two people were killed and four more were wounded, University Police Chief Jeff Baker says the speed that his officers were able to respond with was everything.
In the end, they disarmed the suspect and took him into custody. That suspect, who has been identified as 22-year-old Trystan Terrell? He also smiled for cameras as he was led to lock-up. What no one’s saying at this point? What the motive was. And for many that’s secondary to caring for the families of those lost – as well as the survivors – three of which were last listed in critical condition.
Baker said the university community is devastated about what has happened. That sentiment was echoed by Gov. Roy Cooper, who joined UNCC's chancellor, police chief and provost at a press conference last night. “A student should not have to fear for his or her life when they're on our campuses,” Cooper noted. “Parents shouldn’t have to worry about students when they send them off to school. I know this violence has to stop.”
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