https://abc13.com/4561156/Melvin Rowland, 37, spent the hours before the fatal shooting Monday in victim Lauren McCluskey's dorm building socializing with her friends, university police chief Dale Brophy said.
He later confronted the 21-year-old McCluskey in the parking lot, dragged her into a car and shot her multiple times in the back seat, Brophy said at a news conference.
The killing of McCluskey came weeks after she broke off her month-long relationship with Rowland and filed a complaint with campus police alleging he had demanded money in exchange for not posting compromising pictures of the couple online. She had sent $1,000 to an account in hopes of preserving her reputation, Brophy said.
Police were investigating the case as sexual extortion and knew Rowland was a sex offender but not that he was on parole, Brophy said.
McCluskey reported receiving numerous emails and messages using different names trying to lure her to locations. Investigators now believe they all came from Rowland, who Brophy called a master manipulator.
After shooting McCluskey, Rowland was picked up on campus by a woman he met online. They went to dinner, visited the state Capitol and went to her apartment where Rowland took a shower.
Later that night, after the woman dropped Rowland at a coffee shop, police tracked him to the church where he killed himself.
The woman had called police when she saw photos of the man being sought for the campus shooting.
Rowland got the gun by telling an acquaintance that his girlfriend wanted to learn to shoot.