MIT graduate named person of interest in murder of Yale student

JULIA JACOBO
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Police are searching for a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in connection with the fatal shooting of a Yale University student.

Investigators are looking to question Qinxuan Pan, 29, who has been named a person of interest in the murder of Kevin Jiang, 26, New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes announced in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Police say he is not a suspect in the case at this time. “I'm not saying he's the shooter at this point,” Reyes said.

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Pan was last seen at a Best Western hotel in North Haven, Connecticut, and is considered armed and dangerous, Reyes said.

PHOTO: Police are searching for Quinxuan Pan, seen in this undated photo. (New Haven Police Department )
PHOTO: Police are searching for Quinxuan Pan, seen in this undated photo. (New Haven Police Department )

Jiang, a former member of the Army National Guard and a Yale graduate student, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds Saturday night near the university's campus in New Haven, police said.

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He was studying at the Ivy League university's School of the Environment and wanted to use his education to "improve the world," Yale President Peter Salovey said during a news conference Monday.

PHOTO: Graduate student Kevin Jiang is pictured in an undated photo released by Yale University in a statement after he was killed on Feb. 6, 2021. (Yale University)
PHOTO: Graduate student Kevin Jiang is pictured in an undated photo released by Yale University in a statement after he was killed on Feb. 6, 2021. (Yale University)

Police are investigating whether he was targeted and whether the shooting followed a road rage incident, as Jiang was operating a vehicle at the time, Reyes said Monday.

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Pan currently has a warrant out for his arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle in Massachusetts, Reyes said. Another warrant for his arrest is out in New Haven for extradition relating to that charge.

He is a graduate of MIT and has affiliations with the university, Reyes said.

PHOTO: A memorial marks the area near where Yale graduate student Kevin Jiang was killed in New Haven, Conn., on Feb. 6, 2021. (WTNH/NewsNation)
PHOTO: A memorial marks the area near where Yale graduate student Kevin Jiang was killed in New Haven, Conn., on Feb. 6, 2021. (WTNH/NewsNation)

Authorities did not detail how Pan is connected to the case.

ABC News' Will Gretsky and Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.

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