A shooting at the University of North Carolina Charlotte was stopped when a student rushed the gunman which gave officers enough time to apprehend the suspect before more people were harmed.
“We are just beyond proud of what he was able to do,” Natalie and Thomas Howell, parents of UNC Charlotte shooting victim Riley Howell, speak out about their son, who’s being called a hero pic.twitter.com/lglXahkY9p
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 2, 2019
Fox News writes The mother of the North Carolina college student who was shot dead while confronting a gunman in his classroom said Thursday she was “beyond proud” of her son’s heroic actions during the rampage on the campus that left another student dead and 4 others injured.
Riley Howell, 21, died in his classroom at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday after charging and tackling the alleged gunman, identified as 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell.
“While kids were running one way, our son turned and ran towards the shooter,” Natalie Henry-Howell, Riley’s mother, told NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday. “If he was in the room when something like that was happening, and he had turned away, he wouldn’t have been able to live with himself.”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said during a news conference Wednesday that Howell’s decision to knock the assailant down allowed enough time for the first officer into the classroom to capture Terrell.
“His sacrifice saved lives,” the chief said.
The shooting took place Tuesday and the suspect in the deadly shooting on the campus of the University of North Carolina was reportedly 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 educational property according to the CMPD.
— CMPD News (@CMPD) May 1, 2019