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Student killed in shooting at South Carolina university

A 19-year-old student died as a result of a shooting incident at a residence hall at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., campus officials confirmed early Wednesday morning.

The college sent out an "active shooter alert" email at about 8 p.m. saying a shooting incident had occurred at University Place, a student residence hall, NBC affiliate WMBF reported.

Fifteen minutes later, staff sent a second alert to ensure the campus that the shooting incident itself was "not ongoing," but the search for the suspect continued.

Anthony Darnell Liddel, a sophomore from Bennettsville, S.C., was identified as the victim, university spokesman Doug Bell confirmed.

An alert posted on the school's website said the suspect "left campus in a vehicle."

Earlier in the night, students were advised to remain in their rooms or classrooms while the investigation continued.

While those in the classrooms were eventually allowed to go home, residence halls remain under lockdown throughout the night.

Campus police determined there was no apparent threat to students, so Wednesday classes will be held as regularly scheduled, the university said.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has taken over the investigation from campus police, WMBF reported.

Counselors and ministers will be available Wednesday morning to provide assistance to students, university officials said.

NBC News' Tricia Culligan and Denise Ono contributed to this report.