UNCC shooting that left two dead and four wounded.
Students and teacher frantically call for help as a deadly shooting unfolds on the University of North Carolina-Charlotte campus in four dozen 911 recordings released Friday, with one saying the gunman was ‘still shooting’ as she fled the classroom where he opened fire.
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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released the calls placed in seconds and minutes after the shooting Tuesday that killed two and wounded four.
The calls, 32 of which were received within 16 minutes, paint a vivid picture of the chaos unfolding as students fled or hunkered down – and desperately seeking help for the wounded.911 calls from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte shooting Loaded:
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‘We need police. We have an active shooter in Kennedy,’ one caller said, indicating he was relaying information from the teacher who was in the classroom where it happened. ‘We heard five shots. We don’t know how many shooters.’
Asked how many students were hurt, the caller said: ‘We don’t know. We don’t know.’
Another caller was asked if she needed police, firefighters or paramedics. She replied: ‘All of it.’
Accused gunman Trystan Terrell (pictured), 22, did not appear in court on Thursday
At least two callers were students fleeing from the classroom where it happened. One said the bespectacled, long-haired gunman was wearing all black and carrying a black pistol that he used to fire many rounds, adding: ‘He was still shooting when we were leaving.’
Another, sounding out of breath, said: ‘There is someone shooting. … He ran into the classroom I was in.’
The panic also forced students to flee nearby buildings as word spread quickly.
‘I was in there just trying to print something out and someone ran in and shouted shooter,’ said a caller who fled a nearby building. ‘I was just sitting at the computer. Someone came in yelling, so I ran.’
Another caller described a grisly scene on campus that day.
‘I have a student who went out, he saw people bleeding. There were students outside who were bleeding,’ he said.
Terrell smirked as he was taken into custody on Tuesday ‘I just went into a classroom and shot the guys’
The motive wasn’t clear. The man charged in the shooting, 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell, had been a student at the university but withdrew before the end of this semester, officials said.
Authorities said he targeted the building specifically, but that detectives haven’t determined if he chose the class or individuals as targets.
The shooting claimed the lives of 19-year-old Ellis Parlier and 21-year-old Riley Howell, who was hailed a hero for tackling Terrell and knocking Terrell over, which allowed police officer to disarm him.
Four students wounded were identified as Drew Pescaro, 19; Sean DeHart, 20; Emily Houpt, 23, and Rami Alramadhan, 20.
Terrell is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and other charges.
Riley Howell, 21, (left) and Ellis Parlier, 19, (right) died on Tuesday. Howell died ‘jumping’ on the gunman to try to save others, according to witnesses
Adam Johnson, the lecturer teaching the class, wrote on his blog Thursday that the shooter – whose name he declined to use – had been registered for the course and seemed engaged in the material but stopped coming in January.
Cooper Creech, who witnessed the shooting, said he remembered Terrell from the class.
‘He sat at the table next to my table,’ Creech said, describing his demeanor in class before he withdrew. ‘He was quiet and wore dark clothes, and honestly what you think of a school shooter being.’
Creech also lamented the difficulty in stopping campus shootings.
‘There’s not much anyone could have done to keep this from happening,’ he said. ‘He bought the gun legally, he was of age, there was no way for us to know.’