5 Shot at Party Near Seton Hall in NJ, 1 Dead

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Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET

Authorities in New Jersey says a 19-year-old Seton Hall University student died in an overnight shooting that injured four other people at a private party.

Essex County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Katherine Carter says Jessica Moore died from her injuries at 3:20 p.m. Saturday. Moore had been hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting just after midnight.

Police say the shooter was a man who was denied access to the party, then left and returned with a handgun.

Police say that in addition to Moore, four others, who have not been identified, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. One has since been released.

Police say the shooter remains at large. They're offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's capture.

East Orange Police Sgt. Andrew Di Elmo says the victims did not know the shooter, who fled from the apartment on foot. Two of the other victims are both 19-year-old female students at Seton Hall, and one is a 25-year-old male student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The fifth victim is a 20-year-old man from New York City who is not a student.

A man who said he had stopped by the party told the newspaper that he was in the kitchen and heard people shouting in the living room when a shot rang out. The man declined to give his full name to the newspaper because he feared for his safety.

More shots were fired as the panicked crowd stampeded toward the back of the house to try to escape, the man said. He told the newspaper he went back into the house as police arrived and saw one of the victims lying on the floor.

The apartment is located at 564 South Clinton Street in East Orange, less than a mile from the university.

Seton Hall, a private Catholic university in nearby South Orange, about 15 miles west of New York City, enrolls about 10,000 students.
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