2 Dead, 4 Wounded in Shooting at UNCC

Julia Knoerr ’21

Senior Staff Writer

UNC Charlotte Courtesy of UNC Charlotte

On their final day of classes, students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), prepared to celebrate and attend a concert by the rapper Waka Flocka Flame. At 5:50 PM EST, the University’s Office of Emergency Management reported shots fired near the Kennedy Building, an administrative building at the center of campus. In response, UNCC Emergency Management tweeted: “Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately. Monitor email and emergency.uncc.edu.”

Though nearby officers responded promptly to the scene, the shooting left two individuals dead and four injured. Three of the four have life-threatening conditions, according to the UNCC Police Department. Among the injured is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity’s Lambda Delta chapter; the organization reported that he is under care at the Carolinas Medical Center. Currently, other victims’ identities remain undisclosed.

Police took the 22-year-old former student and suspect Trystan Andrew Terrell into custody; he is currently being charged with two counts for murder and four for attempted murder, though his motives remain unknown. As a tweet from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police revealed, they do not have reason to believe others were involved, thus marking the scene secure.

One of the largest universities within the UNC system, UNCC’s campus of 26,500 students and 3,000 faculty and staff remained under lockdown until approximately 6:00AM EST on May 1st, and officers went room to room to seek out individuals who may have sheltered in place. Additionally, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police instructed students to unite with families at a nearby Harris Teeter.

According to the UNCC Twitter, exams have been canceled through Sunday.

While no known threats exist to Davidson College, Campus Police Chief Todd Sigler sent a campus-wide email at 7:09 PM EST to inform the community of the incident and share heightened precautions. He stated, “Out of an abundance of caution, we have asked the Town of Davidson Police to assist our campus officers in providing additional patrols on campus in light of the reports of a shooting at UNC Charlotte.” Any necessary alerts will be administered through the SSAFER system.

To remain vigilant, Sigler suggested students follow the NinerAlerts Twitter feed and take the following steps to “help you [keep] our campus safe and take care of yourself:

  1. In an emergency, Dial 911.
  2. Report suspicious behavior to 704 894-2178.
  3. Sign Up for SSAFER, if you have not already, through Banner Self-Service.
  4. Call 704 609-0344 if you need a safety escort from Campus Police.
  5. Seek counseling assistance. The counselor on call can be reached by calling 704-894-2451.”

School shootings have become increasingly prevalent in recent years, intensifying the need for comprehensive response measures. A 2018 study found that “More people have died or been injured in mass school shootings in the United States in the past 18 years than in the entire 20th century.”

Consequently, Davidson has implemented preparative measures. In an email to The Davidsonian, Sigler commented,“Since the incident at Columbine and many more over the years, law enforcement officers prepare daily in the event an incident of this type occurs on campus or school in their community. No campus is immune to this type of horrific event […] We have protocols and train for this type of event, including mutual aid response with area agencies.”

This post has been updated from its original version.

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