STUDENTS and staff are in shock after a New York student was killed on the street in a random shooting.
Elizabeth Howell, 21, is a SUNY Potsdam music education student; Any personal connection to the alleged gunman, 31-year-old Michael J Snow, has not been identified.
In a statement, the university confirmed that Snow “has no affiliation with the College, whether student, employee, or graduate.”
Potsdam Village Police were alerted to a shooting near the SUNY campus shortly before 6 p.m. Friday.
Emergency services responded to the scene and found Elizabeth Howell with a gunshot wound.
She was taken to the Canton-Potsdam hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
SUNY staff and students spent the weekend celebrating and honoring Elizabeth’s memory.
“We do not believe in the sudden passing of a person,” the university said in a statement posted on social media.
“Beth is a cellist who has performed with the Crane Symphony Orchestra, and she is an aspiring educator with a bright future ahead of her.
“Words cannot express the sadness we share as a campus community following this tragic loss.”
“She is a senior in high school. She is about to graduate. Just a few more months,” said SUNY Potsdam student Philip Kramer 7 News.
“This campus is so good at taking time to mourn those who have passed away.”
State Police arrested and charged Snow, of Massena, NY, with one count of second-degree murder.
He is being held without bail.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/4730744/suny-potsdam-student-shooting-campus-arrest-new-york/ Student Elizabeth Howell, 21, was shot down by suspect Michael Snow, 31, in a random attack