Gunman kills 2, injures 4 at University of North Carolina
Gunman a former student of the university
CHARLOTTE, UNITED STATES Two people were killed and four were wounded in a shooting on 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 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 former student Trystan Andrew Terrell.
Terrell, 22, was charged with with two counts of murder and four of attempted murder.
Earlier, 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 4.40pm 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 out of 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 cancelled 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.
According to government figures, 40,000 people were killed by firearms in the US 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.
Yet no solution has been found over the decades that satisfies both those seeking stricter gun controls to reduce such tragedies and those supportive of constitutional guarantees to the right to bear arms.
Efforts have always proved divisive, and Republican lawmakers have been highly successful at preventing what they describe as an assault on their right to bear arms under the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. - AFP, REUTERS
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