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Shelton native among wounded at UNC Charlotte shooting

May 2, 2019

A Shelton native was among the students wounded in the shooting on the campus of the University North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday.

Sean DeHart, 20, was one of six people shot when a gunman opened fire in an academic building, wounding four, but killing two.

DeHart grew up in the Huntington section of Shelton. His family moved to Apex, N.C. several years ago.

On his Facebook page, DeHart, an avid New York Yankees fan, lists his hometown as Shelton and his current residence as Apex, a suburb of Raleigh, N.C.

DeHart’s former neighbor Beverly Lauren told WTNH, said “I’m glad that he’s expected to recover because it was very frightening.”

Lauren remembers him as a sweet kid who used to play with her children while growing up in Connecticut.

Lauren’s family still keeps in touch with them. They exchange Christmas cards every year.

“They were wonderful neighbors.” she said. “We miss them in the neighborhood,” she told WTNH.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department identified the suspect as Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22. They said he’s in custody with charges pending.

One of the students who died, Riley C. Howell, lunged at the gunman and tackled him, preventing him from firing more shots. However, in the process of his heroic actions, Riley was shot and killed.

DeHart graduated in 2017 from Cardinal Gibbons High School, a Catholic prep school in Raleigh, N.C.

In 2017 school yearbook, along his photo, DeHart had a quote from baseball great Lou Gerig that read: “I might have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”

Dehart has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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