Homicide Near Niagara University

December 9, 2011 Updated Dec 9, 2011 at 11:40 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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December 9, 2011 Updated Dec 9, 2011 at 11:40 PM EDT

NIAGARA COUNTY, NY ( WKBW) A Niagara University student has been shot and killed in what police are calling a homicide, just blocks away from the campus.

According to police, at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday December 8th, 20 year old Brandon Johnson of Rochester was killed in a University Court apartment. This is an off campus neighborhood and not University property.

Johnson was one of several people in the apartment when the crime occurred. Johnson did not live in this apartment, but was visiting with friends.

Gordon Jackson, 17 years old of Niagara Falls, NY was arrested and charged with Murder 2nd, Attempted Robbery 1st and Criminal Use of a Firearm 1st.

As Jackson was attempting to rob the people in this apartment, he fired a single shot from a sawed-off shotgun killing the victim, no one else was injured.

Jackson then fled the scene and was located several hours later by Niagara Falls Police and arrested without incident at 17th and Pierce Ave in Niagara Falls. Jackson is not a Niagara University student but was acquainted with others who were present in the apartment at the time the crime occurred.

Spokesman for Niagara University Tom Burns told Eyewitness News that a text alert went out to students shortly after the incident was reported. Burns said that shortly after, another text was released telling students that they are safe and there was no reason for concern.

The President of the University issued this release that is posted on the NU website:

To the Niagara University community:

I am writing you with great sadness to inform you that last night a Niagara University student was shot and killed during an off-campus altercation.

The entire Niagara University community is deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this student. This type of incident is uncharacteristic of the Niagara University community, which makes this tragedy more difficult.

The university's offices of Counseling Services and Campus Ministry are available to students who feel they may need assistance during this difficult time. If you believe someone is in need of assistance, I ask you to refer them to one of these offices for support.
This is also a sad day for the entire higher education community and our prayers are also with the people at Virginia Tech.

May God bless Niagara University.
Sincerely,
Joseph L. Levesque, C.M.