Student killed in shooting at Coastal Carolina University residence hall

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CONWAY, S.C. — School officials say a student died Tuesday night after he was shot at residence hall near Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina.

On its website, CCU reported Anthony Darnell Liddell, 19, a sophomore from Bennettsville, died as a result of the shooting, which took place at the University Place residence hall.

As of last update, police were still searching for whoever shot Liddell, who died after being taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.

The incident took place at 7:22 p.m. outside the University Place Apartments, which houses students, school spokesman Doug Bell told CNN.

The suspected shooter left in a vehicle, Bell said.

While the university reported there was no apparent threat, the school was asking students and university personnel to stay inside for the remainder of the evening.

“The shooting is not ongoing,” the dean of students’ Twitter page said shortly after the shooting. “Police continue to search for one suspect. Stay indoors.”

At 9:50 p.m., school officials allowed students to leave classrooms, but asked those in dormitories to remain inside.

Classes on Wednesday will continue as regularly scheduled, the school stated on its website.

Counselors and ministers will be available at CCU’s Lackey Chapel beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday to provide assistance to students.  School officials said counseling staff “has also been assisting students at University Place since the incident was reported.”

More than 9,000 students attend the school, which is located on 630 acres about 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.

Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College. It became an independent university in 1993.

CNN contributed to this report.

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