Colorado Woman Lone Victim in Shooting

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Middletown, CONN. (AP) A Colorado woman has died after a shooting near a college campus in Connecticut.

Officials at Wesleyan University say Johanna Justin-Jinich of Timnath, Colorado, which is just outside Ft. Collins, was killed Wednesday after being shot several times at the bookstore where she worked.

Authorities have launched a nationwide manhunt for the suspect in her killing. Police have spread throughout Wesleyan University in Middletown and officials are urging students to remain indoors and staff to stay at home while they search for 29-year-old Stephen Morgan.

Authorities believe Morgan donned a wig and shot 21-year-old Justin-Jinich while she worked at a bookstore's cafe. In 2007, Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint against Morgan, claiming he was calling and e-mailing her repeatedly while the two attended New York University.

Police say the man is armed and dangerous and they're not sure if he's still in the Middletown area. They say the suspect has connections to New York, Colorado and Massachusetts.

Police today urged the school and the local Jewish community to be “extra vigilant” after concluding that the man may be targeting the school and Jews. They didn't elaborate.

Justin-Jinich was pronounced dead yesterday afternoon at an area hospital.

Authorities have released a surveillance photo taken inside the bookstore of a thin, bearded man they believe is Morgan.

Justin-Jinich would have graduated next year from Wesleyan.

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