"The entire Mercy College community is saddened to hear of the death of Mercy College student, Megan Bookstaver," the the private college said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time."
According to Bookstaver's Google+ profile, she was employed at Woodbury Road Animal Hospital, based in Plainview, NY. Tarrytown Police said she was a resident of Hicksville, NY.
Bookstaver apparently in the fourth floor bedroom of a luxury riverfront townhouse in Tarrytown's Hudson Harbor complex with two other unnamed people.
"They were "examining firearms when one was discharged," Tarrytown Lt. William Herguth said.
Police said Bookstaver was shot in the head and declared dead Monday evening.
Though no arrest has been made, suspects identified, or even a homicide either accidental or intentional declared, Westchester County District Attorney office spokesman Lucian Chalfen said that his office will go to any death scene "unless it’s an obvious suicide."
Investigators are continuing to investigate the death, which they have deemed "suspicious."