The man suspected of killing two people and injuring four more at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, campus this week appears to have told a reporter exactly what he did, and his comments suggest he may have been targeting a particular person — although authorities have not released any information about a possible motive.
As reported by the Charlotte Observer, WBTV obtained footage of police officers escorting the suspect, Trystan Andrew Terrell, into the department headquarters on Tuesday. A reporter can be heard asking Terrell what happened and Terrell appears to reply: “I just went into his classroom and shot the guy.”
It is unclear who “the guy” is. Authorities have identified the victims killed in the shooting Ellis Parlier, 19; and Riley Howell, 21; both males.
Four other students between the ages of 19 and 23 were injured when Terrell opened fire in the Kennedy Building early Tuesday evening, which was the last of day of classes for the semester.
According to the Charlotte Observer report, Terrell has no criminal record and legally purchased the gun he used in the massacre after passing a background check. A former high school classmate described him to the newspaper as a “ray of sunshine.”
Terrell is facing multiple charges, including murder and attempted murder. The suspect is due in court on Thursday.
[Feature image: Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office]