CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Newly released search warrants showed the UNC Charlotte shooting suspect researched other mass shootings and took video of the scene with his cell phone, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.
The documents also said Trystan Terrell loaded his gun in the bathroom before entering the classroom. When officers arrived after the shooting, the suspect was lying on the floor between two victims, and when asked if he'd been shot, he responded he'd been tackled, according to warrants.
When an officer asked about the shooter, the suspect replied he was the shooter, according to documents. Officers recovered a Samsung cell phone, a handgun, and a bag containing several more loaded magazines when they arrested the suspect, according to warrants.
As far as a motive, court records indicate the suspect told police only that he went to the Kennedy Building to shoot people. The warrants also said he'd been planning the attack for months.
The warrants requested data from the suspect's cell phone and laptop. The data could be used to find possible co-defendants and/or corroborate evidence.
Two students were killed and four more were hurt when the gunman opened fire in a classroom late last month.