Two people were killed and four others injured after a campus shooting Tuesday at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, officials said, according to CNN.
A man armed with a pistol opened fire on the final day of classes at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, killing two people and leaving four others wounded three of them critically, authorities said.
Gunshots erupted just before 6 p.m. Tuesday as students waited for rapper Waka Flocka Flame‘s concert and others prepared for exams later in the week.
When the initial reports of a shooting came in at 5:42 p.m., officers were nearby, getting their assignments and a briefing for the Waka Flocka Flame concert. The rapper later said he was safe and nowhere near campus.
“Run, Hide, Fight,” the university tweeted after it received calls on the shooting at the Kennedy building. “Secure yourself immediately!”
When officers arrived at the scene, they found multiple people with gunshot wounds. Police identified the suspect as Trystan Terrell, 22. He was taken into custody without incident.
As police led him away in handcuffs, he tilted his head back and smiled at the cameras.
Terrell is facing multiple charges, including two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of firearm on educational property and discharging a firearm on educational property, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said.
He is being held without bail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday at 1 p.m.
The campus of about 30,000 students remained on lockdown for hours as a familiar scene replayed at the latest shooting in the United States.
While authorities worked to clear buildings, panicked students crouched in halls as helicopters buzzed overhead. Officers escorted students out of buildings with their hands up.
University officials sent an alert asking students to follow instructions from officers and warning others to stay away from campus until they received an all-clear.
“If you have not contacted your family, please do so,” the campus tweeted.
Exams, set to begin Thursday, were canceled through the end of the week.