‘We are as happy as ever for him to be a Niner:’ Victim of UNC Charlotte shooting takes first steps after several days in the hospital

RAW: UNC Charlotte shooting victim takes first steps following almost two weeks in hospital

CHARLOTTE, NC (WMBF) – One of the students injured in last month’s shooting at UNC Charlotte took his first steps on Monday following 13 days in the hospital.

A short video posted to Drew Pescaro’s Twitter page shows him walking down the hallway of a hospital, with one hand clutching his IV and the other the hand of a nurse.

“Took my first steps without a walker today so I felt the need to share it with everyone,” Pescaro wrote, along with a smiling face emoji and the hashtages #CharlotteStrong #DrewStrong.

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois also provided a Monday update on Pescaro’s progress.

In a statement on the school’s website, Dubois shared news that was passed along to him by Pescaro’s girlfriend, which said: “We still have a little time left here in the hospital, but Drew is feeling strong, and as you can see, he is happy as ever to be a Niner!”

The update included a photo of a smiling Pescaro laying in his hospital bed.

“We are as happy as ever for him to be a Niner, too,” Dubois wrote.

Drew Pescaro smiles while laying in his hospital bed. (Source: Erin Wilson via UNC Charlotte website)
Drew Pescaro smiles while laying in his hospital bed. (Source: Erin Wilson via UNC Charlotte website)

Pescaro was one of six students shot during the April 30 shooting on UNCC’s campus. Two of them – Riley Howell and Ellis Reed Parlier – died from their injuries.

The other three injured in the shooting were 20-year-old Rami Alramadhan of Saudi Arabia, 20-year-old Sean Dehart of Apex, NC, and 23-year-old Emily Houpt of Charlotte.

Trystan Terrell, 22, is facing murder and attempted murder charges in connection with the shooting.

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