On Thursday night, Stephen Morgan, the alleged gunman in Wednesday’s fatal shooting of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10, turned himself in to authorities. According to The Hartford Courant, at about 9 p.m. Morgan walked into the Cumberland Farms store in Meriden and bought a smoothie. He then told Sonia Rodriquez, the store clerk, to hand him the phone because he needed to call the police. After talking on the phone, Morgan walked outside of the store and was grabbed by police officers.
“We have received confirmation from the Middletown Police Department that Stephen Morgan, the suspect in the recent shooting at the Red and Black Café, has been apprehended,” wrote President Michael Roth in an all-campus e-mail sent at 10:47 p.m. on Thursday.
Morgan was later turned over to Middletown Police and held with bail set at $10 million. He is to be charged with first-degree murder. Morgan will be arraigned today in the Middlesex Superior Court, located on Court Street.
“The Wesleyan community is grateful for the work of the law enforcement agencies involved in this process,” Roth wrote. “We are all breathing a little easier with this news.”
Beginning Friday morning, the University has resumed its normal operations; all facilities and residential houses have been reopened. A vigil for Johanna will take place at 1 p.m. in the Huss Courtyard of the Usdan University Center, located on Wyllys Avenue.