Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Shooting at South Carolina university wounds one, school says
By Harriet McLeod
Charleston, South Carolina (Reuters) - At least one person was wounded in a shooting on Tuesday at a residence hall of a South Carolina university near the resort area of Myrtle Beach, and authorities were searching for a gunman, the university said.
Students were urged to remain in their dorm rooms at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, near the resort town of Myrtle Beach, but the gunman was believed to have fled the scene, school officials said.
The shooting occurred just before 7:30 p.m. at University Place, an apartment-style residence hall that is home to nearly 2,000 students.
"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.
Prufer said a shooting victim had been taken to a hospital in Myrtle Beach but had no further details.
Classes will be held on Wednesday, university spokesman Doug Bell said.
The nation 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.
(Reporting By Cynthia Johnston, Barbara Goldberg and Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Greg McCune and Jackie Frank)