Police: Wesleyan suspect targeting school, Jews


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Police say the suspect in a shooting that killed a Wesleyan University student may be targeting the university and the Jewish community.

Officials say they they’ve launched a nationwide manhunt for 29-year-old Stephen Morgan. They don’t know if he’s still in the Middletown area, and say he has past connections to New York, Colorado and Massachusetts.

Morgan is sought in connection with Wednesday’s shooting of Johanna Justin-Jinich in the bookstore where she worked. Middletown Police Chief Lynn Baldoni says investigators uncovered a connection between Justin-Jinich and Morgan, and her shooting was not a random act.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Officials at Wesleyan University are instructing students, faculty and staff to stay home while the suspect in a fatal shooting on campus is on the loose.

The Middletown, Conn., university posted the warning Thursday morning on its Web site.

Police say a disguised gunman fatally shot Johanna Justin-Jinich, of Timnath, Colo., on Wednesday afternoon in a bookstore where she worked.

Police have identified the suspect as 29-year-old Stephen Morgan. A Wesleyan spokesman says Morgan has no known connection to the university.

Authorities have released a surveillance photo taken inside the bookstore of a thin, bearded man they believe is Morgan. They describe him as armed and dangerous.


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