Johanna Justin-Jinich: Student shot dead at Wesleyan University

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A 22-year-old Wesleyan University student was shot to death Wednesday afternoon as she worked at a cafe in the Middletown, Connecticut campus area, school officials said.

Johanna Justin-Jinich, of Fort Collins, Colorado, was shot several times at the Red and Black Café inside Broad Street Books. The gunman described as thin white man, then fled on foot and remains at large. Five shell casings were found near the victim, according to Middletown police.

WFSB-TV in Hartford reported Justin-Jinich’s boyfriend entered about 1 p.m. local time carrying a gun and wearing a wig that also was left behind, the station said.

Dean Mike Whaley, Vice President for Student Affairs, posted this statement online Wednesday afternoon:

Based on new information we have just received from Middletown Police, we are advising students to avoid large gatherings, return to their residences, and remain indoors for the rest of the evening. There is no reason to believe that the perpetrator of the shooting earlier today is on or near the campus, but we believe that the Wesleyan community could possibly be at risk. We realize that some students want to come together tonight to console each other, but such gatherings are not advisable at this time.

We will continue to provide updates to the campus community via e-mail as additional information becomes available. Meanwhile, please immediately report any suspicious people or circumstances to Public Safety at 860-685-2222.