The homicide comes just one day after an on-campus shooting left two people dead and four others injured. "As a friend said, 'Beautiful souls like Riley are always with us in the way they made life more handsome, '" his heartbroken family said in a statement.
In the tumult, Le said he hopped into the auto of someone he didn't know who was parked nearby, joining three others who were in tears.
The shooting started in a classroom at about 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, police said.
"You're either gonna run, gonna hide and shield, or you're gonna take the fight to the assailant", Putney said, per Fox News.
Drew Pescaro, 19, of Apex, North Carolina; Sean Dehart, 20, of Apex, North Carolina; Rami Alramadhan, 20, of Saudi Arabia; and Emily Houpt, 23, of Charlotte, have been identified by Dubois as the injured victims.
"The campus remains on lockdown while police clear each building".
Pictured: UNCC shooting suspect Trystan Terrell / Credit: Mecklenburg Co.
Terrell was on the autism spectrum but was "clever as can be" and bright enough to learn foreign languages, Rold said from his home in Arlington, Texas.
"It was terrifying - did not expect it in the least", the student says. "What you may not hear is the first and foremost hero, as far as I'm concerned, and his name is Riley Howell".
"I am disheartened that I have had to reach out to you regarding so many senseless acts of violence lately, and tonight's events are an unfortunate reminder that awful things can happen at any time and in any place", Guskiewicz said.
The shooting took place as finals week began at the university.
Terrell is under observation in police custody, and his father and attorney haven't been allowed to speak to him, the accused gunman's maternal grandfather, Paul Rold, said Wednesday.
The University of North Carolina's Office of Emergency Management had issued an alert around 6 pm that shots had been fired.
"Just loud bangs. A couple loud bangs and then we just saw everyone run out of the building, like nervous, like a scared run like they were looking behind", said Antonio Rodriguez, 24, who was visiting campus for his friend's art show.
He said students shouldn't fear for their lives, nor parents fear for their children's safety when they go off to school.
"He was super fit, always the one who was showing all the kids things, he drove the boat at the lake house", she said.
"What happened yesterday can not happen again", Crean said.