Trystan Terrell, the man accused of killing two students and wounding four others in a shooting at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, waived his right to appear as the charges were announced against him in court Thursday.
Terrell was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Ellis Reed Parlier and Riley Howell died in the attack.
Investigators say the carnage could have been much worse if Howell hadn’t charged directly at the gunman as he fired, tackled him and bought valuable time for police.
“Absolutely. Mr. Howell saved lives,” Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said.
Wrecked by heartbreak, his family says they aren’t surprised by the way Howell reacted during the shooting.
“All these people are calling him a hero and stuff, but he’s always been my hero,” his younger brother, Teddy Howell, says.
“I knew that would be the only course of action for him, for who he was and how he was,” says longtime girlfriend Lauren Westmoreland.
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