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UNC-Charlotte shooting: What you need to know about the fatal attack

 Students and faculty pack into The Star Quad for a candle light vigil in North Carolina on Wednesday.
A campus vigil for the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, shooting victims Wednesday.

Thousands of students gathered for a campus vigil Wednesday evening to honor the victims of the shooting at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte a day earlier.

The latest: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Riley Howell, among 2 students killed in Tuesday's attack, which wounded 4 others, died taking the gunman "off his feet." "His sacrifice saved lives," he said. Putney confirmed suspect Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, is a former student. He faces charges including 2 counts of murder and 4 of murder.

Details: The university went into lockdown soon after police responded to a call about 5:40 pm ET Tuesday that a suspect had shot several people near the university’s Kennedy Hall administrative building. The lockdown was lifted Wednesday morning.

  • The other student killed was Ellis Parlier, 19, who police said was the first victim to die.
  • 3 victims of the victims taken to hospital in critical condition were expected to survive according to a radio interview with university president Dr. Philip Dubois.
  • The shooting occurred while students were giving final presentations during an anthropology class, per the Washington Post.
  • Authorities said the suspect used a pistol. They're not looking for anyone else.
  • University chancellor Philip Dubois said lives were saved because of the prompt actions of police.
  • A concert was scheduled to celebrate the last day of classes with rapper Waka Flocka on the day of the shooting, according to the university's event page.

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