One of the students who was killed in the University of North Carolina-Charlotte shooting performed a heroic act before his death. He tackled shooter Trystan Terell when he entered his classroom and opened fire.
According to the New York Post, Riley Howell, 21, was attending his liberal arts class Tuesday when Trystan Terrell suddenly entered the classroom and opened fire. Howell, who was junior at UNCC, ran towards Terell and tackled him to the ground while his classmates escaped the classroom. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney said Howell’s quick thinking saved multiple lives.
“He’s an athletically built young man and he took the fight to the assailant. His sacrifice saved lives.”
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Howell’s aunt, Morgan Howell Moylan, said that the young man was the eldest of four and grew up on a farm in North Carolina. He planned to serve in the military or become a firefighter after finishing college.
“He was everybody’s protector. You felt safe when you were with Riley.”
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Another victim identified from the shooting was identified as 19-year-old Ellis Parlier.