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Cops: Pace Student Killed In Botched Holdup

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Police investigate the shooting at 2 Gold Street. (credit: CBS 2)

Police investigate the shooting at 2 Gold Street. (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — Police are investigating an overnight shooting at a luxury high-rise in Manhattan, just a few blocks north of Wall Street, that left a 21-year-old Pace University student dead.

Police were called to 2 Gold Street, a 51-story apartment tower, around midnight Wednesday where they found Max Moreno, of Matawan, N.J., shot once in the head in his off-campus apartment.

Moreno was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Moreno and his roommate had just sold marijuana to a couple when two men suddenly appeared, pushed their way into the apartment and demanded money at gunpoint.

No arrests have been made but police say they will review tape from the building’s state-of-the-art surveillance cameras.

Stephen J. Friedman, President of Pace University, said in a statement that the school is “shocked and saddened” by Moreno’s death. “We extend our community’s deepest sympathies to his family members and friends.”

Residents of the building are shocked.

“It’s definitely a frightening situation and you feel unsafe in a building where you pay a lot for doormen and protection,” one woman said.

Anyone with information is asked to call New York City police (212-334-0611) or campus security (212-346-1800). All information will be treated confidentially.

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