While Congress debates the issue regarding stricter gun laws, another student has died as a result of being shot. This time, the shooting took place on Tuesday evening at a residence hall that is near the campus of Coastal Carolina University. The victim was 19-year-old student Anthony Liddell who after the shooting, was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach where he eventually died.
A statement was released by the president of Coastal Carolina University Wednesday mourning the loss of Liddell as law enforcement continued their search for Liddell’s killer.
Martha Hunn, spokeswoman for Coastal Carolina University, said the shooting took place Tuesday evening around 7:20 around the campus of the university. The 19-year-old, Anthony Darnell Liddell from Bennettsville, was taken to the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment but could not save him.
Police were continuing their search as the suspected shooter escaped in a vehicle. CCU President David DeCenzo, according to the university website, had expressed his condolences by 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 for the shooter continued Wednesday as the State Law Enforcement Division was leading the investigation. The Coastal Department of Public Safety Police Chief David Roper said that around 8 p.m. Tuesday, the school had issued an alert in the forms of emails and text messages as well as residence halls were in lockdown overnight. However, there was no obvious threat to staff, students or faculty on campus.
Kaitlin Eriksen is a student that lives at University Place residence hall and told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that she was inside her apartment and heard four or five shots. She then said that she went to see where the shots came from and as she reached her balcony saw a man in the process of falling against the back of a car’s rear window.
She described what she saw by saying, “He took about two steps back and then collapsed. He just fell out there.” Another student, freshman Katrina Shuleski, said she lives in University Place and saw dozens of people gathered together as she went outside. She said, “I just saw somebody lying on the ground.”
The school said in a separate statement that classes Wednesday would go on as usual and that CCU Counseling Services professionals and ministers would be made available to students if assistance would be needed.
The university has an enrollment of over 9,000 students and the liberal arts school was established in 1954. University Place houses roughly 2,000 students where the shooting took place, according to the university website.
CCU Shooting spokesperson Martha Hunn on Campus Lockdown
Coastal Carolina University Shooting CCU Campus on Lockdown Shooting at university sanctioned housing, University Place, across from Coastal Carolina University. One person shot. CCU on lockdown. The search is on for the suspect.
Coastal Carolina Shooting interview
WPDE NewsChannel 15 interviews a student at Coastal Carolina University following a shooting Tuesday night.
Video from scene of CCU shooting
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