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Young woman dies after off-campus shooting in New Jersey

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Seton Hall student gunned down
  • Woman was a sophomore at Seton Hall University
  • Four others were wounded
  • Police say they will work around the clock to solve case
  • Person left residence and returned with handgun, Seton Hall says

(CNN) -- A 19-year-old woman shot early Saturday at an off-campus party near Seton Hall University in New Jersey has died, hospital and police officials said.

Four others were shot and wounded at the party in East Orange, New Jersey. Police are looking for a suspect and have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The victim was identified by Seton Hall's interim president as Jessica Moore, a sophomore honors student from Virginia.

"We extend our most heartfelt condolences to Jessica's family and friends," Seton Hall Interim President Gabriel Esteban said in a statement. "Please know that we share in your grief and that we will be praying for you in the difficult days ahead.

"As we move forward from this senseless tragedy, we will look for peace and healing through our faith, and through the love and support of friends and family."

Officials said the shootings occurred when a man who unsuccessfully tried to crash the party returned with a handgun and opened fire.

Area police and college officials pledged to work around the clock to solve what East Orange Police Director Jose Cordero called a "horrific" crime.

Three of the victims were Seton Hall students, one a New Jersey Institute of Technology student, and a New York resident, Cordero said.

"The shooter picked the wrong city to do this crime," said East Orange Mayor Robert L. Bowser. "He will be apprehended."

The incident occurred in East Orange -- about a mile from the Seton Hall campus -- at 12:17 a.m. Saturday during a party at a private residence, officials said. A man described as being in his mid-20s became involved in an altercation when he entered.

He left the house, rented by a graduate student, and returned moments later with the handgun.

The victims, two men and three women, were taken to University Hospital.

Four suffered non-life threatening wounds, said Cordero, who, like other officials, would not identify them. Hospital officials will not release their conditions, spokeswoman Stacy Newton said.

It wasn't immediately clear if the shooter, who was still at large Saturday afternoon, is a student. He is described as a black man, between about 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and having a stocky build and a scruffy full beard.

Counseling services are being offered to Seton Hall students. A prayer service was scheduled for Saturday night.

Police were looking at surveillance video in the neighborhood for potential evidence.

CNN's Logan Burruss contributed to this report.