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Police Investigating Potential Romantic Jealousy As Motive Behind Shooting Death Of Yale Graduate Student

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Police in New Haven say they’re making steady progress as they search for the killer of a Yale University graduate student. CBS2's Tony Aiello reports.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: Police in New Haven, Connecticut, say that they are making steady progress as they search for the killer of a Yale graduate student. Welcome back. I'm Kristine Johnson.

JESSICA MOORE: And I'm Jessica Moore. The person of interest whom they're looking for is considered to be armed and dangerous.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: CBS 2's Tony Aiello has the latest now on this intensifying investigation.

TONY AIELLO: Looking for a secret hidden in the snow, New Haven police searched an area behind a hotel for evidence Thursday afternoon as they pieced together the movements of Qinxuan Pan, the person of interest in the Saturday shooting death of Yale student Kevin Jiang. Two hours after Jiang was shot multiple times after a fender bender in New Haven, Pan got a room in this hotel eight miles from the crime scene. We've learned he was given a key to room 276 but never actually went inside.

Investigators say Pan briefly interacted with cops in nearby North Haven just hours after the homicide. He was in a stolen vehicle. North Haven police declined to answer questions about how that interaction unfolded. New Haven cops believe Pan has left the area.

TONY REYES: And Mr. Pan should be considered armed and dangerous and that he-- that extreme caution should be used if you come in contact with this individual.

TONY AIELLO: Pan is a researcher in an artificial intelligence lab at MIT, the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kevin Jiang's fiance is a recent graduate of MIT. Police want to know if romantic jealousy is a possible factor in the crime, one of many possible motives they're investigating. In North Haven, Connecticut, Tony Aiello, CBS2 News.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: And New Haven Police say that they will update the public on this investigation tomorrow morning. In the meantime, funeral services for Kevin Jiang are set for Saturday.