Riley Howell has been identified as one of two people who died in the school shooting. He saved lives by tackling down the gunman, according to the police.
There was another incident of school shootings on Tuesday earlier this week as a gunman walked into the University of Carolina, Charlotte campus and opened fire. The gunman's efforts were put to an end soon after the shooting started as one selfless student decided to take the situation into his own hands. Riley Howell, a 21-year-old from Waynesville, was most likely the last fatality in the school shooting, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters on Wednesday. Howell has been described as a 'hero' by the police because of the efforts he made during his final moments. Howell encountered the gunman soon after the shooting started. He sacrificed his life by tackling the gunman down and saving the lives of several other students. Howell was one of the two people killed during the school shooting.
The alleged gunman, identified as Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, encountered Howell in a building on campus, that police said Terrell chose for a reason, with a legally purchased handgun. As reported by Fox News, Putney said that Howell "did exactly what we train people to do." The shooting took place when students were finishing their last day of the spring semester. According to the authorities, the shooter Terrell is a former history student. He managed to kill two students and injure four others.
UNCC shooting suspect, Trystan Terrell, being walked into CMPD headquarters. pic.twitter.com/FrfRU4qovP— Michael Stolp (@StolpWSOC9) May 1, 2019
According to the authorities, all the injured students - Drew Pescaro, 19; Sean Dehart, 20; Emily Houpt, 23; and Rami Alramadhan, 20 - are expected to make full recoveries soon. Terrell is currently in police custody. He has been 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 of a firearm on educational property.
“I just went into a classroom and shot the guys,” he told reporters as officers led him away in handcuffs.
Riley Howell was a junior who was majoring in environmental studies, was murdered after he rushed towards Terrell and tackled him to the ground. Howell took him "off his feet" while he was in the midst of his rampage. Terrell managed to shoot the student point blank before the officers were able to apprehend the gunman. “His sacrifice saved lives,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said during a press conference Wednesday, adding that without Howell, “the assailant may not have been disarmed.”
Howell was active in sports, playing soccer and running cross-country, Dubois said in an interview on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks. “Riley had the most amazing personality and always knew how to make someone feel important,” one of Howell’s childhood friends, 20-year-old Lucas Tate, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “He always brought an amazing light into the room and he just cared about people more than himself. He was just that kind of person. He was the most selfless person I know.”
As reported by the Daily Beast, a spokesperson for the Howell family released a statement Wednesday afternoon, describing the 21-year-old as a “big, muscular guy with a huge heart.”
He loved Star Wars, birds, cars, snowboarding, going to the lake, Kentucky Hot Browns, cooking from scratch with cast iron while listening to the Feel Good Classic Soul playlist, and his Lauren, the statement read, describing his long-term girlfriend. He was everyone’s protector, always standing up for what he believed in and lending a strong back to those in need.
“It’s very shocking and overwhelming and our community is just trying to deal with this loss,” Tahira Stalberte, the district spokesperson, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. Her family declined to comment, asking for privacy during this “excruciating time.”
This young man’s name should be shared and remembered. The name of the gutless coward who murdered him should never bespoken again. #Hero— Dave Moody (@DGodfatherMoody) May 1, 2019
I know the family well. He was from my hometown and a great kid. I am not surprised he did what he did.— John W. Truitt (@ShreddyLee) May 1, 2019