Two dead in US campus shooting

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg law enforcement stand in front front of the Kennedy building where a gunman killed two people and injured four students at UNC Charlotte May 1, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Campus police responded to the scene on Tuesday and apprehended a suspect, 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell. Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

CHARLOTTE — Two people were killed and four were wounded in a shooting Tuesday at the University of North Carolina’s Charlotte campus.

The university’s office of emergency management tweeted an alert warning that shots had been reported on campus shortly before 6:00 pm, on what was students’ last day of classes this academic year.

“Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately,” it said.

Local emergency services said two people had been killed, while another two sustained life-threatening injuries and two more were being treated for less serious wounds.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department identified the shooter as 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell.

The University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) campus police chief Jeff Baker told a press conference that his team “disarmed” and took custody of the suspect after receiving a call around 4:40 pm that someone was “armed with a pistol.”

He declined to share details about the victims.

A local Fox television affiliate identified the dead as male teenagers aged 17 and 18.

Video footage posted on social media showed anxious students filing away from the school with their hands raised.

It was not immediately clear which part of the school the shooter targeted.

“It was a really scary experience to hear the shots and have to run... I didn’t think I would have to experience something like that,” one student told NBC News.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said she was “in shock” after hearing of the rampage.

“My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives, those injured, the entire UNCC community and the courageous first responders who sprang into action to help others,” she wrote on Twitter.

The university said on Twitter that final exams have been canceled through Sunday.

The shooting comes just days after a teenage gunman opened fire on a synagogue in Poway, California, killing one person and injuring three others: the latest in a string of mass shootings across the US.

According to government figures, 40,000 people were killed by firearms in the United States in 2017 — two thirds of them suicides — the highest annual toll in five decades.

The perennial debate over gun control in America kicks up again at each shooting, a far too frequent occurrence.