Motive Unclear, but a 'Cryptic' Comment From UNC Suspect - Page 2

Meanwhile, Riley Howell's body has been returned to his hometown
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2019 1:03 PM CDT

  • Details were also emerging about the second student killed, 19-year-old Ellis Parlier, who was in the same class as Howell when the gunman opened fire. "He was really funny and super nice," a longtime friend tells CBS News. "I'll remember him as a passionate guy who was a great friend and resource." Friends and family held private services for him Wednesday, WBTV reports.
  • The injured students are Rami Alramadhan, 20, of Saihat, Saudi Arabia; Sean Dehart, 20, of Apex, NC; Emily Houpt, 23, of Charlotte; and Drew Pescaro, 19, of Apex. Dehart is out of the hospital and the others are expected to recover, the Charlotte Observer reports.
  • The alleged shooter's motives are unclear, but the Observer reports that as he was being taken into police headquarters, handcuffed, he appeared to make this "cryptic" comment in response to a reporter's question: "I just went into his classroom and shot the guy."
  • "We know there was some familiarity with that building in particular," the police chief says, per CNN. "The choice of that building was by design. It was intentional." And a 21-year-old student tells the Observer he sat at the table next to the suspect in the same class where the shootings took place; the suspect had apparently dropped that course and two others. But police have said the suspect, a former student, didn't appear to specifically target any of his former classmates.
  • The 22-year-old suspect was due in court for his first appearance Thursday, ABC News reports.
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