Authorities are still investigating the tragedy that occurred at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday after a gunman opened fire on the campus killing two and injuring four others. “Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself, immediately,” officials at UNCC tweeted to students. Later, a 22-year-old man named Trystan A. Terrell was taken into custody without incident and investigators are now plagued with the task of finding out the motive behind the vicious attack. Terrell was captured by the news media making his way into police headquarters while flanked by officers. He turned around and attempted to yell something at the cameramen before laughing as he was ushered inside.

 

UNCC Chancellor Philip Dubois released the following statement:

"This is the saddest day in UNC Charlotte’s history. Earlier this evening, the unthinkable happened on our campus. At approximately 5:40 PM, an individual opened fire in a UNC Charlotte classroom, cutting short the lives of two members of our community and seriously injuring four others.

Families of the deceased victims are being notified, and university staff are with those who are injured. The entire UNC Charlotte community shares the shock and grief of this senseless, devastating act. This was an attack on all of Niner Nation.

I am proud of and grateful for the efforts of UNC Charlotte Police and Public Safety, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and other emergency officials. The suspected shooter is in custody and lives were saved thanks to their rapid response. Their work on campus will continue over the next several hours. Students and staff on campus should follow the instructions of law enforcement officials and the instructions issued in NinerAlerts. Everyone else should remain off campus until an all-clear message is issued.

The days ahead will be some of the most challenging we have ever encountered. All I can say for certain is that we will get through them together. There is still much that we don’t know, and we will share information with you as soon as it is available. Among those unknowns is how we will navigate the remainder of the semester, including the final examination schedule and graduation. Examinations will be canceled through Sunday while we formulate a plan for the following week.

Counseling and Psychological Services is currently providing counseling services to students who were on campus during the event. We intend to make counseling and spiritual support services available to the entire campus community beginning tomorrow morning. Faculty and staff who need support overnight should contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1-877-603-8259. Additional details regarding those services and other resources will follow in the coming hours."

Waka Flocka was scheduled to perform on the campus on Tuesday, but the rapper confirmed on Twitter that he was out of harm's way. A student was on their way to the concert when they heard about the shooting so they tweeted the rapper, telling him to be safe. "Nowhere around," Waka simply replied. "I'm safe y'all," he continued.

Earlier this month, Waka escaped injury after he and his crew were shot at in Atlanta. The rapper was making his way into a studio when reportedly three men opened fire on the group.