A student at Coastal Carolina University has died after a shooting at a school residence hall Tuesday night.
A university spokesman identified the victim as Anthony Liddell, a sophomore from Bennettsville, S.C.
The college sent out an “active shooter alert” email at about 8 p.m. saying a shooting incident had occurred at the University Place residence hall, WMBF-TV reported. Fifteen minutes later, staff sent a second alert to ensure the campus that the shooting incident itself was “not ongoing,” but the search for the suspect continued. An alert posted on the school’s website said the suspect “left campus in a vehicle.”
CCU President David DeCenzo expressed his condolences in a statement, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Anthony Liddell. Tragedies such as these anywhere in our society are senseless. Precious loss of life at such an early age affects us all. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety and security of our students. We will continue to do all that we can with all the resources necessary to make sure that our students are safe and secure. We only pray that an event like this never happens on our campus or any college campus again.”
The search continues for suspects in the case. Campus police said there was no apparent threat to other students, so classes will continue as normal on Wednesday. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has taken over the investigation.
CCU Counseling Services professionals and ministers will be on hand Wednesday at CCU’s Lackey Chapel to provide assistance to students.