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Two people were killed and four others were hospitalized. He was familiar with the classroom building where the attack occurred, but it was unclear if he knew the students who were shot, Mr Putney said. The police chief told reporters that Howell confronted Terrell in a campus building and "took the suspect off his feet". "Run, Hide, Fight", it read. "Having no place to run and hide, [Howell] did the last".

A free concert by United States rapper Waka Flocka Flame at the school's football stadium was scheduled for 6pm, just after gunshots were reported.

"His sacrifice saved lives", Putney added.

The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell, whose grandfather lives in Arlington. Kevin Westmoreland, whose daughter Lauren dated Howell for almost six years, said Howell was athletic and compassionate - and would have been a good firefighter or paramedic.

"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 said, referring to Howell's longtime girlfriend, Lauren Westmoreland. "My students are so special to me and I am devastated", Johnson wrote. "My students are so special to me and I am devastated".

Reports suggest that many students were on campus at the time of the shooting to attend a concert at the university's Jerry Richardson Stadium.

Environmental studies student Riley Howell of Waynesville, North Carolina, one of two students killed in the Tuesday shooting, played a key role in ending the attack by a former student, said Kerr Putney, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

"This is a day at the end of the semester, when students are doing performances, presentations ... this is just the worst thing", Harden said at the police staging area. The anthropology major huddled behind a table with classmates.

She told Today that she was not surprised to learn that he died saving others.

Dean didn't sleep much Tuesday night because she couldn't get the noises out of her head.

"It's the worst feeling when that text comes", she said. "The guy next to me got shot. And there are parents that are never going to be able to hug their children again", she said.

A vigil is planned for Wednesday on campus.

Five people were killed on North Carolina campuses during that time, including three in 2017 - the most recent year of available data.

WSOC-TV reported that the shooter was a student at the university. Four others were injured. Hundreds were later marched out of buildings with their hands in the air before officers determined that the suspect appeared to have acted alone.

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