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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Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP request to limit mail-in voting

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The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from Pennsylvania's Republican Party to shorten the deadlines for mail-in ballots in the state. Thanks to the court's 4-4 deadlock, ballots can be counted for several days after Election Day.

Why it matters: It's a major win for Democrats that could decide the fate of thousands of ballots in a crucial swing state that President Trump won in 2016. The court's decision may signal how it would deal with similar election-related litigation in other states.

Microphones will be muted during parts of Thursday's presidential debate

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The Commission on Presidential Debates adopted new rules on Monday to mute microphones to allow President Trump and Joe Biden two minutes of uninterrupted time per segment during Thursday night's debate, AP reports.

Why it matters: In the September debate, Trump interrupted Biden 71 times, compared with Biden's 22 interruptions of Trump.

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