University Gunman Wanted Protection from Mass Shootings: Source

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013  |  Updated 2:18 PM EDT
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Man With Gun Reported Near UNH

Jess Leeb/West Haven Police Dept.

William Dong was arrested on the Univ. of New Haven campus Tuesday with two loaded handguns. An assault rifle was also recovered from his car.

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The court case for a University of New Haven student accused of bringing loaded guns to campus has been continued.

William Dong, 22, was arrested earlier this month after prompting a campus lockdown and a building-by-building search at the West Haven, Conn. school, police said.

When police detained Dong, he had one handgun on his person and another in a laptop case, according to police.

Police said they also found a Bushmaster assault rifle in Dong's car, which was parked in a lot on Campbell Avenue.

This gun, the same make as the one used in the Sandy Hook school shooting, is illegal in the state of Connecticut, officials said.

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He told police he had the guns to protect himself from mass shootings that had been happening, New Haven Police Officer Kealyn Nivakoff, of the New Haven Firearms Unit, said.

Dong also told police that he had it because he was going to the shooting range the next day, said Nivakoff, who was involved in the West Haven investigation.

As several police departments searched the West Haven campus, police in Fairfield searched Dong's family home, including his padlocked bedroom.

After getting past the padlocks, police found newspaper clippings of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater mass shooting and 2,700 rounds of ammunition, police said.

Dong has been charged with illegal possession of an assault weapon, breach of peace and other counts and is being held on a $500,000 bond.

When Dong appeared in court earlier this month, his family had nothing to say to the media.

On the day of the school lockdown, no shots were fired.

Dong, a commuter student, has been suspended for violating the code of conduct.

The incident was the third college campus lockdown in Connecticut since November. 

Yale University, located just miles away, issued a lockdown just before Thanksgiving for about seven hours after someone called police and said his roommate was on his way to the Ivy League school to shoot people. No threat was found.

In November, Central Connecticut State University in New Britain was locked down after a man in a Halloween costume sparked a massive police presence.

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