Riley Howell (T.C. Roberson High School via New York Times)
When a mass shooting erupted on the campus of University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday, Army ROTC cadet Riley Howell sprang into action.
Finding himself face to face with the armed gunman in his classroom, the 21-year-old Howell tackled and restrained the shooter until police could arrive.
The gunman, 22-year-old Trystan Terrell, left two dead and four injured on the Charlotte campus, including Howell.
"He was the kind of person who you knew would take care of you the moment you met him, and he always did," Howell's family said in a statement. "He radiated love and always will."
Law enforcement officials say that without Howell's heroic sacrifice, the death toll would likely have been higher.
"But for his work, the assailant may not have been disarmed," Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney told the New York Times of Howell. "Unfortunately, he gave his life in the process. But his sacrifice saved lives."
Lt. Col. Chunka Smith, head of UNC Charlotte's ROTC program, praised Howell's decisive action.
"I would tell you, he stood out," she told CBS News "As a soldier, we understand what it means to make the ultimate sacrifice."
At a candlelight vigil on Wednesday evening, Howell's friend David Belnap arrived wearing a T-shirt with "Riley Howell is a hero" emblazoned on the back.
David Belnap, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, displays a t-shirt in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in support of Riley Howell, a classmate who was killed while confronting a gunman inside a classroom on Tuesday(Associated Press/Skip Foreman)
"It seems very much like something he would do," he told the Associated Press of Howell. "I want that to be his legacy, that he lost his life to protect those he cared about."
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.