Another tragic school shooting occured yesterday that left a student dead. The victim was identified as Anthony Darnell Liddell, (pictured) 19, a sophomore at Coastal Carolina University (CCU).
According to Martha Hunn, a CUU spokeswoman, a 911 call was placed from the school Tuesday around 7:22 p.m. EST. A short time later, Campus police and officers from the Conway Police Department converged on the scene of the crime where the shooting victim was found. He was transported to nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Campus officials notified students through an ‘active shooter alert’ via text message and e-mail. The message requested that students stay in their classrooms and dorm rooms.
The first alert that was issued by staff at CCU came around 8 p.m. The message confirmed that a shooting had occurred at University Place, an off-campus housing facility for CCU students. A second alert was sent minutes later to inform that the shooting incident was “not ongoing,” but that authorities were searching for a suspect.
A detailed description has not been given of the shooting suspect yet. The shooter remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. Hunn also stated the following about the school’s reaction to the incident in a local news release:
“CCU Counseling Services professionals and ministers will be on hand Wednesday at CCU’s Lackey Chapel beginning at 8 a.m. to provide assistance to students. Counseling staff will also be available at the Grand Strand Activity House, located at University Place, and at Eaglin and Ingle residence halls. Counseling staff has also been assisting students at University Place since the incident was reported.”
CCU was still under lockdown early this morning as police searched for the shooter.