Student dies in US college shooting

A student has died following a shooting at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Image: Google Maps.

A student has died following a shooting at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Image: Google Maps.

Wed, Feb 27, 2013, 00:00

A 19-year-old student died following a shooting last night at a residence hall of a South Carolina university near the resort area of Myrtle Beach.

Authorities were searching for a gunman, university officials said.

Anthony Liddell, a sophomore from Bennettsville, South Carolina, died following the shooting at Coastal Carolina University in Conway.

The shooting occurred just before 7.30pm at University Place, an apartment-style residence hall that is home to nearly 2,000 students.

Residence halls would remain on lockdown throughout the night, but the gunman was believed to have fled campus, school officials said. Classes will be held today, the university said.

"The suspect fled in a vehicle. The campus is still on lockdown, although people in classrooms were allowed to go home. Those in dorms were advised to stay inside," said Mona Prufer, a university spokeswoman.

Conway police gave no information on the motive for the shooting and referred questions to state police, which did not return phone calls.

The US remains on edge over gun violence following the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in December, in which 20 children and six adults were shot and killed.

That rampage reignited a broad national debate over gun control and prompted president Barack Obama to push Congress to pass tighter gun restrictions.

More than 9,000 students attend Coastal Carolina University, which was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent university in 1993.

Counsellors and ministers will provide assistance today to students at a campus chapel and at residence halls, the university said.

Reuters