A man suspected of killing a Wesleyan University junior may be targeting the university and its Jewish population, Middletown, Connecticut, police said Thursday.Note: CNN has changed this story to "Sister urges Wesleyan shooting suspect to surrender." The blockquote above is from the original version.
Police have launched a nationwide search for Stephen Morgan, 29, who is suspected of killing Johanna Justin-Jinich.
The young woman was shot and killed Wednesday at a bookstore in Middletown near the Wesleyan campus, police said.
"Evidence uncovered overnight suggests that Mr. Morgan may be focused on the Wesleyan community campus as well as the Jewish community," said Middletown Police Chief Lynn Baldoni, who did not elaborate.
A statement from the university alleges that Morgan had written threats against "Wesleyan and/or its Jewish students."
While Justin-Jinich is a student at Wesleyan and is Jewish, there was another connection between her and her alleged killer, authorities said.
In July 2007, Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint against Morgan while the two were both taking the same six-week summer course at New York University, NYU spokesman John Beckman told CNN.
The complaint, in which Justin-Jinich said she was receiving harassing e-mails and phone calls from Morgan, was filed with the university's public safety department toward the end of the course, Beckman said.
The public safety department brought in the New York Police Department, and after conversations with Morgan and Justin-Jinich, she declined to follow up or press charges, Beckman said.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
From CNN, "Wesleyan shooting suspect threatened Jewish students." This picture is especially menacing, and the Jewish angle disturbing. I'm also interested in campus violence generally, as I have a hunch that most schools remain unprepared for major violence in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre: