BREAKING: Student Shot and Killed at Broad Street Books; Spring Fling Cancelled

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UPDATE 3:21pm
From an all-campus e-mail:

This is an update of the emergency notification sent earlier this afternoon. A Wesleyan student was fatally shot at Red and Black Café this afternoon. The name of the student will be released upon notification of her immediate family. A gun was recovered at the scene of the shooting, however the suspect is still at large. Students, faculty and staff are urged to remain indoors while Middletown Police continue to search for suspect(s). All campus events scheduled for today, including Spring Fling, are canceled.

Michael Roth
President

UPDATE 2:49pm The Hartford Courant reports: Student Shot Dead Near Wesleyan:

MIDDLETOWN – A Wesleyan student was shot and killed in a midday shooting at a popular bookstore near the Wesleyan University campus around 1 p.m. today, police sources said.

A witness said someone entered Broad Street Books, at the intersection of Broad and William Street, approached a woman behind the counter and fired multiple shots.

Police are still searching for the gunman, whom they describe as a white male with a thin build. They recovered a gun at the scene, said Middletown Police Lt. Margaret Liseo. Police have cordoned off the area, she said.

All schools in Middletown were locked down as a precaution, Liseo said. A statement from Wesleyan University recommended that students and staff should remain indoors and remain there until further notice.

Police and medical personnel have temporarily closed nearby streets. Officers appeared briefly on the roof of Broad Street Books. Armed officers in fatigues are in the area, and two officers followed a police dog as it ran up William Street, apparently in pursuit of the suspect. Police said the gunman was a white male with a thin build.

The university also canceled the annual “Spring Fling” outdoor party on campus. Hundreds of students had gathered on campus for the event that started at noon today but were ordered to go indoors after the shooting.

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I just got a text message from the Wesleyan emergency system that reads:

There has been a shooting near campus. Students, faculty and staff should remain indoors. Check e-mail for additional info.

The first e-mail just came in:

This is Mike Whaley, VP for Student Affairs with a Wesleyan Community Alert.

Middletown Police has notified the University that a shooting occurred just after 1:00pm today in the area of Broad Street Books. The suspect has not yet been identified. Middletown Police have responded to the area. We advise students, faculty and staff to remain indoors until more information is available.

As more information is obtained the community will be notified via e-mail.

Listen to the voice message that went out as an emergency notification here.

I’m off campus, so in addition to these messages, all I’ve heard is that the hill was cleared off.

Feel free to share updates/info in the comments of this post.

UPDATE from WFSB:

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Police said a woman was shot in a Middletown bookstore on Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting took place at about 1 p.m. in Broad Street Books, Wesleyan University’s bookstore.

The victim said she didn’t know the shooter.

106 thoughts on “BREAKING: Student Shot and Killed at Broad Street Books; Spring Fling Cancelled

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  2. Mark Herz

    WSHU Public Radio here (WESU is affiliated with us)–Please, if any one could call us, so we could tell our listeners what’s going on up there, we’d greatly appreciate it!

    800.365.2005

    Thank you & be safe!

    Mark

  3. Mark Herz

    WSHU Public Radio here (WESU is affiliated with us)–Please, if any one could call us, so we could tell our listeners what’s going on up there, we’d greatly appreciate it!

    800.365.2005

    Thank you & be safe!

    Mark

  4. Anonymous

    someone heard it on a cop scanner.

    and supposedly the suspect is not on campus
    how the hell can you be so sure

  5. Anonymous

    someone heard it on a cop scanner.

    and supposedly the suspect is not on campus
    how the hell can you be so sure

  6. anonymous

    shooting on vine is an unfounded rumor, no police presence on vine, suspect not on campus

  7. anonymous

    shooting on vine is an unfounded rumor, no police presence on vine, suspect not on campus

  8. Ben

    From the Middletown Press:

    “The shooting occurred at the popular Wesleyan University Bookstore and Café at 45 Broad Street, where, unidentified sources say, a 20-year-old female student’s ex-boyfriend walked into the bookstore and shot her five times.

    The sources say they know who the gunman is and are concentrating efforts on locating hime. State Police and a SWAT team were brought in, along with a K-9, to canvass the area.”

  9. Ben

    From the Middletown Press:

    “The shooting occurred at the popular Wesleyan University Bookstore and Café at 45 Broad Street, where, unidentified sources say, a 20-year-old female student’s ex-boyfriend walked into the bookstore and shot her five times.

    The sources say they know who the gunman is and are concentrating efforts on locating hime. State Police and a SWAT team were brought in, along with a K-9, to canvass the area.”

  10. Anonymous

    Silence could be better but I can not… “How many deaths will take you until you know that too many people have died?” GUNS UNDER CONTROL, the 2nd amendment it’s a fraud. Condolences to family and friends.

  11. Anonymous

    Silence could be better but I can not… “How many deaths will take you until you know that too many people have died?” GUNS UNDER CONTROL, the 2nd amendment it’s a fraud. Condolences to family and friends.

  12. Anonymous

    The hill is completely empty. There are taking everything down. Just stay indoors, nothing is going to happen outside.

  13. Anonymous

    The hill is completely empty. There are taking everything down. Just stay indoors, nothing is going to happen outside.

  14. Anonymous

    it was a wesleyan student who was shot. she’s been taken to the hospital.

  15. Anonymous

    it was a wesleyan student who was shot. she’s been taken to the hospital.

  16. Anonymous

    I heard from a professor that there may have been up to three people with guns at broad st.

  17. Anonymous

    I heard from a professor that there may have been up to three people with guns at broad st.

  18. Anonymous

    Someone was just arrested at Hi Rise. Does this mean we can go back to the hill soon?

  19. Sheek

    Yeah, spring fling interruptus.

    Hi and LoRise are currently under house arrest until P-Safe lets us leave here. WTF!

  20. Anonymous

    Someone was just arrested at Hi Rise. Does this mean we can go back to the hill soon?

  21. Ben

    I was walking to Olin about 15 minutes ago when P-Safe got on the microphone and said something to the effect of “We’ve just been informed there has been a shooting on Broad Street. We are asking you all to leave the vicinity of the hill and return to your residence halls.”

    Not sure what people who live in Hi- and Lo-Rise are supposed to do, but that’s all I know so far.

  22. Ben

    I was walking to Olin about 15 minutes ago when P-Safe got on the microphone and said something to the effect of “We’ve just been informed there has been a shooting on Broad Street. We are asking you all to leave the vicinity of the hill and return to your residence halls.”

    Not sure what people who live in Hi- and Lo-Rise are supposed to do, but that’s all I know so far.

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