Man charged after being found with gun following issuing of ‘shelter in place’ at CCU


CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – According to a report filed by Conway police, three shots were fired in the area of Live Oak and Leonard Avenue in Conway around 3:20 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Approximately 40 minutes later, a “shelter in place” order was given at Coastal Carolina University. The order was placed on the school’s social media channels shortly before 4 p.m.

Everyone on campus was told to shelter in place until further notice.

The report by the Conway Police Department states there were no suspects or victims located when they arrived in the area of Live Oak and Leonard Avenue.

Shortly after the incident Friday afternoon, Conway Police Capt. Tammy Carter said there was an incident near Bayside Avenue in which a person was shot. While someone was driving the victim to the hospital, they stopped on the back side of campus for reasons unknown, she added.

Twenty eight-year-old Brian Canty, of Georgetown, was arrested while attempting to get the shooting victim to the hospital, according to the police report. The arrest warrant states he was located on at Arcadia Hall on CCU’s campus while in possession of a handgun.

Police confirm Canty is also charged with unlawful neglect by legal custodian. WMBF News is working to learn the nature of this charge.

Students at CCU were notified to “shelter in place,” but some felt the alert was too vague.

CCU police said at the time there was not a lot of information to give out and their main focus is always student safety.

“We may not have information or any more information could put them in a dangerous situation, so we are trying to put out the correct information and keep them safe and we are out there aggressively trying to keep them safe in this community,” said Lt. Robert Pellerin.

Canty, the report says, is charged with possession of marijuana, illegal possession of a weapon, possession of schedule II narcotics, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute near a school.

A WMBF News crew on campus captured video of police taking a man into custody. At this time, it is unknown if that person is Brian Canty or if that person is connected to the reported shooting.

Conway police are still looking for the shooter from Live Oak and Leonard Avenue.

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