The University of New Haven went on lockdown Tuesday after reports of an armed person near campus. Police announced Wednesday that they had arrested 22-year-old William Dong in connection with the lockdown. They had found two hand guns on him, and a third weapon, an assault rifle, in his car.
Police also say they found newspaper clippings about other mass shootings in his home.
A friend of Dong’s told reporters that the suspect regularly carries firearms because he works for an armored truck company. But Dong has been charged with illegal possession of an assault weapon, illegal transport of an assault weapon, and illegal possession of a weapon in motor vehicle — all of which indicate his weapons were not legally obtained. He has also been charged with breach of the peace, and is being held on a $500,000 bond.
The UNH lockdown came just one week after another lockdown in New Haven, at Yale University, where rumors of an armed person on campus were reported to be a hoax. But it was just one of many lockdowns to take place so far this week. Schools in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, California, Ohio, Utah, Texas, and Indiana were locked down this week thanks to either shootings or reports of armed suspects.