Rutgers University-Newark Student Killed in Double Shooting in Apartment Near Campus

Rutgers University-Newark Student Killed in Double Shooting Near Campus
The scene outside Shani Patel's apartment

04/11/2016 AT 01:00 PM EDT

A college student is dead while his roommate is in critical condition after both were shot in their Newark, New Jersey, apartment, PEOPLE confirms.

Shani Patel, 21, of Toms River, New Jersey, and his 23-year-old roommate, a recent graduate of the university who has not been named, were allegedly shot after the assailant or assailants entered their apartment, Katherine Carter of the Essex Prosecutor's Office tells PEOPLE.

Carter would not release any information about the suspect or suspects.

Patel was pronounced dead at the scene while his roommate was in critical condition and undergoing surgery as of Monday morning, Carter says.

PIX 11 reported that the apartment was off campus.

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Carter says police are canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses and security camera footage. The motive for the murder is under investigation, Carter says.

Rutgers and police officials declined comment.

Carter says authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Major Crimes Task Force at 877-847-7432.
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