Uniondale, NY — A Hofstra University student was killed early Friday morning after an armed man broke into her home on California Avenue, just blocks away from the school’s campus. The home invader engaged in a gun battle with police and was also killed.
The shooting occurred at 213 California Avenue in Uniondale, where three women and one man were living, police said. California Avenue Elementary School, which is located at 236 California Avenue, was closed after the shooting. Police have applied for a search warrant for the rental home.
“The suspect let one of the female victims leave the home during the robbery and she immediately called 911,” Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack of the Nassau County Police Department. He said police were called at 2:29 am and arrived at the scene soon after.
“Shortly after our arrival a shooting took place where the suspect is killed and one of the female victims are killed,” he said.
Neither the student nor the shooter’s identities were released.
Hofstra University said in a statement:
“The Nassau County Police have notified us that early this morning a Hofstra student was killed during a tragic crime which took place in a rental house off campus. The police investigation is ongoing, and we do not yet know all of the relevant details. What we do know is that a young member of the Hofstra family has been taken from us in a senseless act of violence. Our hearts and minds and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her friends, and her classmates. While our hearts are laden with grief, this weekend’s commencement ceremonies will go on as scheduled. The accomplishments of our graduates must be recognized, and together our community will heal and find the strength to move forward.”
As a Hofstra graduate (class of 2012), I am especially saddened by this news, which comes just a couple of days before the university’s commencement, which will go on as scheduled this weekend. Students who wished to live off campus often opted to live in Uniondale instead of Hempstead, where the school is located, because it was “nicer” and “safer.” I am confident that the Hofstra community, which I am proud to be a member of, will come together during this difficult time. My thoughts are with my alma mater and the family of the young woman who was killed.