CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting at a North Carolina university (all times local):
The man charged with killing two North Carolina college students in their classroom has chosen not to appear in court.
Twenty-two-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell told his court-appointed attorney he did not want to hear the charges against him read Thursday in the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.
Terrell faces two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted first-degree murder and other charges in the Tuesday shooting at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte that also left four wounded.
Authorities say Riley tackled the gunman in his University of North Carolina-Charlotte classroom Tuesday evening. He died, along with another student, 19-year-old Ellis Parlier. Four other students were hurt.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Ker Putney called Howell a hero and said he saved many lives.
Twenty-two-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell is charged in the killings and has a court hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
A North Carolina college student who police say died attacking a gunman in his classroom is being remembered by friends and family as a hero.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said 21-year-old Riley Howell’s sacrifice Tuesday saved lives at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte because the gunman had plenty of ammunition.
Howell and another student died in the shooting in an anthropology class. Four other students were hurt.
Police arrested 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell in the classroom. He is charged with two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder.
David Belnap was Howell’s friend. He came to a campus vigil Wednesday night vigil with “Riley Howell is a hero” handwritten on the back of his T-shirt.
Belnap says he wants Howell’s decision to die protecting others to never be forgotten.