Anthony Darnell Liddell (pictured), 19, a student at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, was pronounced dead at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center after being shot to death outside of a campus residence hall, reports CCU’s website, Coastal News.
The gunman is still at large.
According to the school, there were approximately 4 or 5 shots outside the University Place residence hall. Liddell took two steps before collapsing against a vehicle, said one witness, and eventually laid motionless on the ground.
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The 911 call came in at about 7:22 p.m. Tuesday; campus police and Conway Police responded immediately and found the victim, who was transported to a nearby hospital, CCU spokeswoman Martha Hunn confirms.
Campus officials alerted students with an ‘active shooter alert’ via text message and e-mail. The message asked students to remain in their dorm rooms and classrooms.
The first alert issued by staff at the college at about 8 p.m. said a shooting incident occurred at University Place, an off-campus housing facility for students. A second alert was sent moments later to ensure that the shooting incident was “not ongoing,” but the search for the suspect was continuing.
The suspect – which has not been given a good description yet – remains at large. The condition of the victim, their relationship to the shooter, or the motive for this supposed act of violence remain unanswered questions.
The victim was brought to evening. Security was out patrolling the exits and entrances while WMBF News crews were there at about 9 p.m. More than a handful of CCU students were waiting inside the waiting room of the trauma center.
Hunn made it clear that the university is proactively anticipating the psychological impact of the shooting on its students:
“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,” Hunn stated in a news release. “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.”
Classmates and friends have already begun flocking to social media to express their shock and sadness:
Goodnight Anthony Darnell Liddell sleep tight my love ❤🙏😘 God was ready for you to come home fly high I love you forever always @Ant_2cold
According to Liddell’s Facebook page, he graduated from Marlboro County High School in 2011 and he anticipated graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2015. More than 9,000 students attend the school, which is located about 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.
Classes will proceed as scheduled tomorrow and the hunt for Liddell’s killer continues.