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UNC student gunman ‘smiled for the camera,’ faces murder charges as three more shooting victims fight for their lives

The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, student who opened fire in a classroom on campus Tuesday is facing numerous charges, including two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder.

CNN reports that three of the four injured victims are in critical condition, and two were killed on Tuesday. Authorities have not yet revealed the identities of the victims.

The campus was put on lockdown early Tuesday evening, the last day of classes for the semester, following reports of an active shooter in the Kennedy building. According to CNN, police arrived to find “multiple” people shot, and were able to quickly take 22-year-old Trystan Terrell into custody, as press had already arrived at the scene. The suspect reportedly smiled at cameras as he was being led away by police.

A student at the university reportedly said on Twitter that Terrell opened fire in a classroom during presentations.

“He just started shooting during our final presentations and we all ran out,” Tristan Field tweeted, according to CNN. “We were just doing presentations and someone started shooting up the room. … Why here? Why today? Why UNC Charlotte? Why my classroom? What did we do?”
A motive for the shooting is not yet known. Terrell is due in court on Thursday.
[Feature image: Trystan Terrell/Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office]