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Hofstra shooting update: Female student, armed suspect, both killed in police-involved shooting during home invasion robbery

Andrea Rebello
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(CBS/AP) A female Hofstra University student who was fatally shot early Friday in a Long Island home was killed along with an armed suspect during a police-involved shooting as authorities responded to a home invasion robbery, police said, reports CBS New York.

The victim, identified by 1010WINS radio as Andrea Rebello, 21, from Westchester County, was reportedly in the home with her twin sister at the time of the break-in. 

Police said the other sister was not harmed, CBS New York reported.

Several Hofstra students were renting the home in Uniondale, N.Y., police said. Three women and one man were reportedly in the home at the time of the invasion, police said. The man was from Brooklyn, N.Y. and the other woman was from Connecticut, reports the station.

Police say a suspect wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun entered the home around 2:20 a.m. About ten minutes later, the suspect allowed one of the women to leave, who then called 911, Nassau County Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack reportedly said.

"Shortly after our arrival, there was a police-involved shooting which takes place in the home," Lack told reporters at a news conference Friday morning, reports CBS New York. "In that shooting, the suspect is killed and also one victim is killed."

Identities have not yet been released. It's not clear who fired the fatal shots.

"They were inseparable, almost inseparable," the victim's friend Raaed Junaid told the station, describing the twin sisters. "You couldn't tell them apart, unless you knew them for a while."

"I heard people fighting," neighbor Victoria Dehel, 20, told 1010WINS. "They were screaming; one girl it sounded like she was pleading for her life, it was really scary."

Dehel told the staiton the house was used by a sorority, but Hofstra couldn't confirm that.

Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz issued a statement calling the shooting a "senseless act of violence" and announcing that this weekend's graduation ceremonies would go on as scheduled.

"While our hearts are laden with grief, this weekend's commencement ceremonies will go on as scheduled," Rabinowitz wrote. "The accomplishments of our graduates must be recognized, and together our community will heal and find the strength to move forward."

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