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Shooting Suspect In Jail, Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder

Trystan Terrell

The suspect in Tuesday's deadly shooting at UNC Charlotte is being held without bail at Mecklenburg County Jail, facing murder, attempted murder and other charges.

Two people died and four others were hurt in the shootings in a classroom in the Kennedy Building just before 6 p.m. Tuesday.  

The suspect, Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, is a Charlotte resident and former student at the school.  He was captured by UNC Charlotte police shortly after they arrived on the scene, according to campus police chief Jeff Baker.

"Our dispatch received a call that a suspect was armed with a pistol and had shot several students. We responded, we were able to get into the building quick enough to where we actually took custody of the suspect. He was disarmed and he was taken into custody," Baker said Tuesday night.

Terrell, who was armed with a pistol, didn’t have time to leave the room before he was confronted and disarmed," Baker said.

"One officer immediately went to the suspect to take him down," Baker said.

Terrell has lived in Charlotte since 2014, and lived previously in Mansfield, Texas. The Associated Press interviewed his grandfather, Paul Rold of Arlington, Texas, who said Terrell had moved to Charlotte with his father.

Rold said the actions don't sound like his grandson. "This is not in his DNA," he said.

Police have not suggested any motive for the killings. 

He faces 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.

Terrell is scheduled to make his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon.   

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated Terrell would appear in court on Tuesday afternoon.