• Alyssa Brennan

Standoff at off-campus apartments leads to shelter-in-place on CCU's campus

Tonight at 7:50 p.m. students were notified via CCU Alert that there were shoots fired at private off campus housing.

Campus Walk is only about one mile away from campus so many on campus buildings were also put on lockdown.

Police are still investigating, and it is advised students seek shelter and stay indoors.

“HCPD is on scene of an incident involving a barricaded person near Hicks Circle. Neighbors in the surrounding area have been evacuated. Others are asked to shelter in place, or avoid the area until advised otherwise,” the Horry County police department tweeted.

CCU tweeted around midnight that the individual involved was in police custody and the area is now safe.

According to Horry County Police, it was determined that no shots were fired and no charges have been filed in Thursday's barricaded person situation at the CampusWalk Apartments near Coastal Carolina University.

In a release put out by Horry County Police Department, HCPD spokesperson Mikayla Moskov elaborated on the investigation in Thursday night's incident.

"Our investigation since the resolution of the incident shows that no firearms were located in subject’s apartment, and it is believed that no shots were fired," HCPD spokesperson Mikayla Moskov said in a press release on Friday. "At this time, there are no charges in relation to this incident, and it remains an active investigation. It is believed that the subject was making the aforementioned “popping” noises through other means."

In a statement from the university, Coastal Carolina University wanted to extend their "sincere appreciation to local law enforcement agencies and emergency responders who have been involved in resolving this incident."

University police secure area outside of HTC Center near the Campus Walk apartments during a reported incident of shots fired. Photo by Ian Livingston Brooking.

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