21-Year-Old Student Died Trying to ‘Jump’ on UNCC Gunman and Disarm Him

2 dead, 4 injured in North Carolina campus shooting
John Simmons/The Charlotte Observer via AP

Twenty-one-year-old Riley Howell was shot and killed while allegedly trying to “jump” on the University of North Carolina Charlotte gunman and disarm him.

Breitbart News reported that 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell allegedly opened fire on students Tuesday evening, killing two and wounding four. Howell was one of the two fatalities.

WSOCTV reports that sources indicate “Howell tried to jump on the gunman when he was shot.”

On the morning after the shooting, North Carolina State Rep. Brian Turner (D-116) noted that students were told to “Run, Hide, Fight,” and “Riley chose to fight and was fatally shot while attempting to physically confront and stop the shooter. This selfless act would have delayed the shooter giving police more time to respond and prevented further deaths.”

Howell’s family said, “He always was able to put others before himself and never hesitated to help anyone who needed it. He was friends with anyone and everyone — a big, muscular guy with a huge heart.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.


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