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Suspects arrested in University Station shooting

A shooting at the NFTA's University Station is believed to be gang-related and has resulted in two arrests, investigators announced Thursday.

Both the shooter and the victim are gang members with criminal records, investigators said. And yet no concrete motive for the shooting is known at this time.

The arrests of Arkeil Z. Gaskin, the alleged shooter, and Allen Jackson, his alleged accomplice, were announced just five days after Friday's shooting at the Metro Rail station.

"I don't have a specific motive," NFTA Police Chief George W. Gast told reporters Thursday. "But it was not a random shooting."

Gast said Arkiel, 18, and the victim, whose name has not been released, were in the upper portion of the University Station when the shooting took place in front of dozens of eyewitnesses.

Arkeil Z. Gaskin

The victim remains hospitalized at Erie County Medical Center in stable condition. Arkiel is charged with attempted murder.

The FBI is helping with the investigation, which according to Gast, has already turned up evidence found at 35 Kermit St. and 858 East Ferry St.

"Significant evidence was obtained from both of those locations," he said.

Investigators said the single shot was fired at about 11:20 p.m. and struck the victim in the arm.

The injuries were not considered life-threatening, and the victim was able to run into an elevator and then down a flight of stairs. He was found inside a van.

Investigators say they also found evidence of a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting.

They declined to comment on the gangs involved in the shooting.

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