May 7, 2009 in Nation/World

Suspect at large after fatal gunfire

 
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This surveillance photo is of the alleged gunman in the killing of a Wesleyan University student Wednesday in a book store in Middletown, Conn.
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A disguised gunman fatally shot a Wesleyan University student while she worked at a popular bookstore near campus Wednesday before fleeing into the bustling downtown area, leaving his wig behind.

Police with dogs and armed with assault rifles swarmed nearby streets looking for a suspect. Police issued warnings Wednesday night, telling residents and students to stay inside and be “extra vigilant.”

Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Stephen Morgan. It was unclear where he lives, and a Wesleyan spokesman said Morgan had no known connection to the university.

Authorities released a surveillance photo taken inside the bookstore of a thin, bearded man they believe is Morgan, and they described him as armed and dangerous.

The victim was identified as Johanna Justin-Jinich, of Timnath, Colo.

New York

Bristol Palin backs teen abstinence

Bristol Palin, arguably the nation’s best-known unwed teen mother, embarked on a media tour Wednesday to argue that abstinence is a realistic way for teens to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, walked the red carpet in midtown Manhattan with Hayden Panettiere of NBC’s “Heroes” and ace Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Garza. The three appeared at a town-hall meeting for teenagers organized by The Candie’s Foundation, which works to reduce teen pregnancy.

Palin gave birth in December to a baby boy, Tripp. She and the baby’s father, Levi Johnston, have since ended their relationship.

Palin began the day with appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today”, where she said she wished she’d waited to have sex.

“Regardless of what I did personally, I just think that abstinence is the only way you can effectively, 100 percent foolproof way you can prevent pregnancy,” she said.

From wire reports

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