May 2, 2019

Thursday (Moderated) Open Thread (050219)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: UNC Charlotte student who died saving others from gunman is hailed as a hero

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Charlotte, North Carolina (more on Riley Howell is here):

MAY 01 2019, 2:55 PM

A University of North Carolina college student tackled a gunman who opened fire in a classroom, saving others’ lives but losing his own in the process, the police chief said Wednesday.

Riley Howell, 21, was among the students gathered Tuesday for end-of-year presentations in an anthropology class at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte when a gunman began shooting students with a pistol. Howell and another student were killed; four others were wounded.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Howell “took the assailant off his feet” but was fatally wounded while doing so. He said Howell, whom he described as having an athletic build, did what police train people to do in active shooter situations.

“You’re either going to run, you’re going to hide and shield, or you’re going to take the fight to the assailant. Having no place to run and hide, he did the last. But for his work, the assailant may not have been disarmed,” Putney said. “Unfortunately, he gave his life in the process. But his sacrifice saved lives.”

The father of Howell’s longtime girlfriend said news that the 21-year-old tackled the shooter wasn’t surprising. Kevin Westmoreland, whose daughter Lauren dated Howell for nearly six years, said Howell was athletic and compassionate — and would have been a good firefighter or paramedic.

“If Lauren was with Riley, he would step in front of a train for her if he had to,” Westmoreland said.

Go here for the rest of the story.