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Hofstra student Andrea Rebello, suspect dead in apparent home invasion

May 17, 2013 12:07:03 PM PDT
A Hofstra University student and a suspect were killed during an apparent home invasion robbery in Uniondale overnight Friday.

A high ranking law enforcement source and many friends on campus identify the victim of the Hofstra shooting as Andrea Rebello.

The shots rang out inside an off-campus house on California Avenue just after 2:30 a.m.

Police responded to a report of a home invasion robbery in a house where three female students and one male student live. Authorities say the incident began when an armed man with a black ski mask forced his way inside.

One of the victims was permitted to leave the home, apparently to withdraw money from an ATM, and she called 911.

Somehow, gunfire erupted after police arrived. One responding officer said the scene resemebed a hostage situation, with the suspect pointing a gun at the heads of his victims.

Rebello, and the suspect, who police say was not a student, were both killed.

It is unclear who fired the fatal shots.

No police officers were injured in the gunfire.

Police closed a large number of streets surrounding the home, just down the street from the Hofstra University campus, as they investigate.

The incident happened on the last day of finals, as students were looking forward to graduation week.

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