Accused UNC Charlotte shooter waives right to first court appearance

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Trystan Terrell, the accused gunman in the attack at UNC Charlotte, waived his right to be at his first appearance in court Wednesday.

Terrell's public defender from Mecklenburg County appeared before the judge. His next bond hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 15.

The 22-year-old was whisked away by police Tuesday evening, moments after he reportedly gunned down two people inside the Kennedy building at UNCC. 

Terrell is charged with two counts first degree murder, accused of killing Ellis “Reed” Parlier and Riley Howell. He is also facing four counts attempted murder, four counts of assault with deadly weapon, one count of having a firearm on educational property, and one count of firing his gun on educational property.


Just down the street dozens gathered outside the Government Center for a National Day of Prayer vigil.

“I was in tears when I found out about the two people that passed away it was just so devastating,” UNCC parent Jackie White said. 

White says despite all the harm and horror the gunman caused, she says she is praying for him.

“And praying he gets the help he needs.”

Terrell’s next court date is a bond hearing set for May 15. 

Investigators haven't released an official motive yet. FOX 46 Charlotte has learned Terrell moved to the area two years ago with his father. 

    Records list their address at a luxury apartment complex in Charlotte's NoDa neighborhood. People who live in the area said investigators were focused on an apartment on the third floor. They also said the suspect kept to himself. 

    UNC Charlotte students FOX 46 spoke with said much of the same. 

    "I think a lot of people saw him around. He was really normal. I never had any issues with him. It's just weird to think of him like that," one student said.