Howell, 21, was shot “level clean” attempting to take the person down, his aunt Morgan Howell Moylan stated. One other scholar, 19-year-old Reed Parlier, was additionally killed, the varsity stated.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Division Chief Kerr Putney stated Howell ran on the gunman and knocked him off his toes — one thing that ultimately helped police arrest the suspect.
“He is an athletically constructed younger man and he took the battle to the assailant,” Putney stated. “Sadly, he needed to give his life to take action however he saved lives doing so.”
Howell, who was the “firstly hero” on Tuesday, did precisely what regulation enforcement advocate folks do in an lively shooter scenario, Putney stated.
“You are both going to run, you are going to cover and protect, or you are going to take the battle to the assailant. Having no place to run or cover, he did the final,” he stated.
Howell’s aunt stated she was not stunned when she discovered of her nephew’s actions through the assault.
“He did such a heroic factor,” Moylan stated. “He was everyone’s protector. You felt protected once you have been with Riley.”
Howell grew up caring for his three youthful siblings on his household’s farm in Waynesville, North Carolina. He hung out figuring out with first responders and dreamed of serving within the army or firefighting.
In an announcement, Howell’s household stated he at all times stood up for what he believed and did not hesitate to assist these in want.
“His religion was robust and he knew what he needed to do when folks wanted him most,” the household stated in an announcement Wednesday. “He was at all times the man you may rely on and he delivered.”
His aunt stated he had delay signing up for the army to go to varsity. After graduating from Roberson Excessive College in Asheville, North Carolina, he briefly attended Asheville-Buncombe Technical Group Faculty earlier than transferring to UNCC.
Moylan described her nephew as a “huge teddy bear” who cherished to cook dinner, spend time outdoor and loved working for a landscaping firm.
“He was tremendous match, at all times the one who was displaying all the youngsters issues, he drove the boat on the lake home,” she stated.
Howell and Parlier of Midland, North Carolina, have been killed within the taking pictures whereas 4 others have been injured.
The college has recognized the injured as Rami Al-Ramadhan, 20, of Saihat, Saudi Arabia; Sean DeHart, 20, and Drew Pescaro, 19, of Apex, North Carolina and Emily Houpt, 23, of Charlotte.