Multiple reports and eyewitnesses say Riley jumped on the gunman in an attempt to stop him. In that process, he was fatally wounded, but saved the lives of many others.
According to Heavy, North Carolina State Rep. Brian Turner said the following:
“I learned this morning that T.C. Roberson High School alum Riley Howell was among the victims of the deadly shooting yesterday at UNC Charlotte. Part of the alert that the school sent out yesterday said ‘Run, Hide, Fight.’ Early reports say Riley chose to fight and was fatally shot while attempting to physically confront and stop the shooter. This selfless act would have delayed the shooter giving police more time to respond and prevented further deaths.”
“Riley Howell will be remembered for his courage, for the life he lived, and for the lives he saved. I ask you to join me in keeping Riley’s family in your prayers.”