Suspect In Wesleyan Slaying Turns Himself In

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2009 9:56 PM CDT
This undated photo released by the Justin-Jinich family shows Johanna Justin-Jinich.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Justin-Junich Family)
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(Newser) – The suspect in the fatal shooting of a female student at Wesleyan University has turned himself in to police, the Hartford Courant reports. Police say Stephen Morgan, 29, donned a disguise and shot Johanna Justin-Jinich, 21, several times at point-blank range in a bookstore. The two knew each other from Colorado, but no motive is known. Police say a journal in Morgan's car suggested he planned a shooting spree at Wesleyan, with Jewish students a particular target.

Police actually questioned Morgan at the scene and took his name and number before letting him go. He became a suspect after the victim's family mentioned him. Morgan apparently couldn't get to his car because it was blocked by police vehicles, and he told police he wandered in the rain for hours before calling 911 to turn himself in. The school said it expects to resume normal operations tomorrow. Police had urged students and residents to stay inside during the manhunt.