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PD: UNH lockdown suspect visited Fairfield school before campus scare

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FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A commuter student, who was arrested in connection with a shelter in place order at the University of New Haven after he was spotted with a gun on campus, visited a middle school in Fairfield during the month of November, police said.

William Dong, 22, of Fairfield, faces multiple weapons charges after he was found on the UNH campus with one loaded handgun on his person and another inside his laptop case on Dec. 4.

Before he was taken into police custody, a 911 caller spotted Dong, who has a valid pistol permit for the two registered handguns, get out of his Toyota Rav4 with a long rifle at the Shop Rite and then "sprint toward" the nearby UNH campus.

When police searched Dong's Rav4, they said they found a Bushmaster 223 assault rifle with collapsible stock inside the vehicle. There were six magazines and at least 150 bullets in the car.

Any student found with a weapon including a firearm on campus will face "disciplinary sanctions," according to the university handbook.

Also the Bushmaster 223 assault rifle is banned as an assault weapon in Connecticut, police said.

On Monday, Eyewitness News learned from the Fairfield Police Department that Dong, whose friends said delivers money in an armored truck, visited Fairfield Woods Middle School last month to meet with a teacher.

Classes were finished for the day when Dong arrived and police said they believe he was not there for anything malicious.

Following the incident at UNH, officers searched Dong's home, where they said his bedroom door was padlocked and officers recovered 2,700 rounds of ammunition.

Investigators also found several newspaper articles of the Aurora, CO shooting where 12 people were killed and 70 were injured during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises at a Century movie theater.

UNH officials said Dong was in his first year at the university where his major was criminal justice. Dong was suspended by the university following a school hearing, UNH officials told Eyewitness News.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visited the UNH campus Wednesday night to commend first responders for their quick actions Tuesday.

"One of the reasons I'm here is to say, 'Guess what, we caught something,'" Malloy said. "And if you were ever likely to become complacent, this is living proof, in our time, in this community, in our state, that you shouldn't do that."

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