#SUNYPotsdamShooting UPDATE. @nyspolice charge Michael Snow, 31 of Massena with murder in shooting death of @sunypotsdam1816 senior Beth Howell Friday near Potsdam campus. @SpecNews1Albany@SPECNews1CNY@SPECNews1ROC
Michael J. Snow, 31, of Massena, N.Y., was charged by state police with second-degree murder.
In a letter sent Saturday afternoon to the SUNY Potsdam community, the official in charge of the university, Dr. Phil Neisser said police are still looking for a suspect in connection with Friday night’s shooting of a student at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
The student, identified by SUNY Potsdam as music teacher Elizabeth Howell Class of 2022, was shot and killed near campus just before 6 p.m. on Friday. She was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital where she was pronounced dead just before 7pm.
The State University of New York at Potsdam announced Monday’s classes had been canceled.
Potsdam Village Police initially responded to a report of an unconscious woman on University Park Road, state police said. Intervention officers found Howell lying on the side of the road with gunshot wounds.
Howell was taken to Potsdam Guangzhou Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
State Police took over the investigation. As of Saturday afternoon, no arrests had been reported.
Following the shooting, the campus remained in emergency shelter until Saturday morning, when a police investigation determined the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident.
Howell, a member of the SUNY Potsdam Class of 2022, is a music education student and future teacher at the Crane School of Music. She is a cellist and has performed with the Crane Symphony Orchestra.
“We mourn the loss of Beth as a campus community and put her family, friends and loved ones in our hearts during this difficult time,” the college’s statement read in part.
“Please support each other as we work to understand this tragedy and do not hesitate to ask for help if needed,” the statement continued. “We need each other’s support as we mourn this great loss.”