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Wesleyan students on alert before killing suspect's arrest

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Police in Connecticut say they have taken into custody the suspect in the slaying of a Wesleyan University student.

A Meriden police spokesman said 29-year-old Stephen P. Morgan was arrested and turned over to authorities in Middletown who are investigating Wednesday's fatal shooting of 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich.

Authorities say Morgan had threatened to kill other students and Jews.

Wesleyan students were told to stay in their dorms and the city's only synagogue closed Thursday as police issued warnings after Justin-Jinich's shooting death at the bookstore where she worked.

Apparently applying the lessons of Virginia Tech, police and administrators locked down the 3,000-student campus and stepped up patrols as authorities hunted for the killer.

Justin-Jinich, a 21-year-old Wesleyan student, was shot several times Wednesday inside a bookstore cafe just off campus by a gunman wearing a wig. Two years ago, she complained to police in New York that Morgan had stalked and threatened her.

The Hartford Courant, citing law enforcement sources, said police confiscated Morgan's car and found a journal in which he spelled out a plan to rape and then kill Justin-Jinich before going on a campus shooting rampage.

It also reported that police stopped Morgan shortly after the shooting, spoke to him and then him let go, only to later learn from Justin-Jinich's family that they suspected him.

Wesleyan students on alert before killing suspect's arrest 05/07/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 7, 2009 10:58pm]
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