A 19-year-old student was shot and killed at an apartment complex near Coastal Carolina University (CCU) in Conway, S.C. on Tuesday evening – and the suspect has yet to be apprehended.
Anthony Darnell Liddell, a sophomore from Bennettsville, S.C., was gunned down around 7:30 p.m. outside the University Place apartment complex, which is home to approximately 2,000 students. Witnesses say they heard four to five shots and saw Liddell slump over the rear window of a car. The gunmen then fled in a vehicle.
The school was placed on “lockdown” in the wake of the attack, although according to The (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Sun News numerous students ignored the warnings they received on their cell phones.
“I’m not that afraid,” one of the students told the paper. “Should I be?”
At the request of the Conway Police Department, the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is running the investigation into Liddell’s death.
The shooting is sure to spark a state-level debate over gun-related issues not unlike the national debate which erupted in the wake of last December’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
In fact supporters of “campus carry” – or the right of students to carry concealed weapons on college campuses – moved quickly to assert their position.
“The debate over student gun rights must be echoed down the halls,” wrote Katie Thompson, one of the University of South Carolina’s leading College Republicans.