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Yale Physician-Scientist Shot, Killed

Seven months after Yale graduate student Annie Le’s body was found in the basement of the Yale laboratory building where she worked, a Yale postdoc has been murdered, this one outside his home in nearby Branford, Connecticut.

According to the Yale Daily News and several local news outlets, Vajinder Toor, a physician scientist and a first-year postdoctoral fellow studying infectious diseases at Yale’s School of Medicine, was shot “several times” in a parking lot outside his Branford, Connecticut, apartment at about 8 o’clock this morning.  Reports say the shooter also tried to shoot Toor’s wife, but — according to a neighbor — missed as she hid behind a car.

In an e-mail sent to the Yale community, Yale Police Department Chief James Perrotti wrote that the Branford Police have a suspect in custody. According to news reports, the suspect had worked with Toor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York.