Today in Security – Deadly Shooting at UNC-Charlotte

Today in Security: Deadly Shooting at UNC-Charlotte

Two people were killed and four others were injured Tuesday after a shooter entered a campus building Tuesday at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC) and opened fire.

The shooting occurred on the last day of classes for the school year, The Washington Post reports.

On Tuesday night, police identified the suspect as Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, and said he was in custody. Local police said he was 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 education property, the Post reports.

The university's chancellor, Philip L. Dubois, called it "the saddest day in UNC Charlotte's history."

Shots were fired at 5:40 p.m., officials said. University officials warned the campus Tuesday evening of shots being fired and urged people to "Run, Hide, Fight." Campus buildings were locked down.

University officials said campus police had trained for active assailant situations, and that officers responded swiftly. Officers were able to quickly get to the building where the shooting happened because they were already converging nearby for a concert on campus.

Two people were found dead at the scene. Three people were in critical condition, and a fourth person did not have life-threatening injuries, according to local officials.

For guidance on how an organization can deal with the aftermath of an active shooter incident, see the Security Management article, "After an Active Shooter," by Holly Gilbert Stowell.