CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte Knights showed their support for those impacted by the deadly shooting at UNC Charlotte.
The Knights wore Charlotte 49ers baseball hats during their home game Wednesday morning.
Several fans were also wearing Charlotte 49ers gear and came out to the Knights game to support the 49ers. Fan Eric Herbert was on campus Tuesday night watching the 49ers baseball game when the shots rang out. He came to BB&T Ballpark Wednesday morning to show his support for the UNCC community.
“When we were leaving we saw hundreds of kids outside of buildings with their hands up. It’s kind of heart wrenching. They were all on phones, quite the traumatic event for a a lot of people,” Herbert said.
Herbert says the game was called off and fans were told to go to their cars.
UNCC Athletic Director Mike Hill was also at the Knights game on Wednesday. He says he was not on-campus at the time of the shooting but did ensure all student athletes were accounted for. He says it wasn’t until later that evening that the shock of the situation set in with him.
“We had some emergency practices back in the fall that the Chancellor’s Cabinet was involved with and we ran through scenarios. Last night as I watched the local news I couldn’t help but think I know we rehearsed this but it just didn’t ever feel like we would need to do that,” Hill said.
Chief Operating Officer of the Charlotte Knights Dan Rajkowski says after the news broke Tuesday night, the staff got together to brainstorm on how they could rally around the 49ers community.
A graphic with the words “Charlotte Strong” was displayed on the video board during the Knight’s Wednesday game. In the third inning, both teams took to the field for a moment of silence. Fans and players remained standing for the playing of UNCC’s Alma Mater.
“I think it’s important that we come together as a community and this is our little way in a short turnaround from last night to this morning to do that.”