CCU student killed in shooting at campus housing

Scene of deadly shooting at University Place on campus property at Coastal Carolina University.

The autopsy of a Coastal Carolina University student who died Tuesday shows the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

Darris Fowler with the Horry County Coroner's office says Anthony Liddell, 19, from Bennettsville, died of massive hemorrhage around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the emergency room at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Fowler says there was at least one fatal gunshot wound and police would not release information about any other wounds.

The shooting occurred at University Place, a residence hall near campus, according to university spokeswoman Martha Hunn.

Liddell was a sophomore at Coastal Carolina University.

Around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, a 9-1-1 call was placed from University Place, according to Hunn, that one person was shot and taken to a hospital.

Coastal Carolina University Police found Liddell laying in the parking lot with people around him, according to a police report.

CCU Police then called EMS and Liddell was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

Hunn says police believe they are looking for one shooter. Police believe the shooter left the scene in a dark colored sedan. No arrests have been made.

Police do not believe the shooting was a random act, according to solicitor Jimmy Richardson.

They have a person of interest and are close to an arrest, said Richardson.

The State Law Enforcement Division has taken over the investigation into the shooting. No details on the shooting have been released.

Campus housing residence halls were on lockdown throughout the night, according to Hunn. Classes that were in session at the time of the shooting were locked down, and students were not allowed out of the classrooms, but that part of the lockdown was later lifted.

According to a news release, CCU Department of Public Safety Police Chief David Roper has determined that currently there is no apparent threat to students, faculty or staff. Therefore, classes will be held on Wednesday as regularly scheduled.

CCU Counseling Services professionals and ministers are at CCU's Lackey Chapel to provide assistance to students. Counseling staff members are also available at the Grand Strand Activity House, located at University Place, and at Eaglin and Ingle residence halls. Counseling staff has been assisting students at University Place since the shooting was reported.

Wednesday morning, CCU President David DeCenzo expressed his condolences, 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."

Anyone who has information regarding this shooting is asked to contact CCU Dept. of Public Safety at (843) 349-2177.

Thursday night at 6 p.m., CCU will host a candlelight vigil at Spadoni Park for Liddell.

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