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SteelCityMan786
02-14-2008, 10:06 PM
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i72zWlWRLvc1ejGI5WpefItEjKCAD8UQFG484
Man Kills 5, Self at Northern Illinois

By CARYN ROUSSEAU ? 43 minutes ago

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) ? A man dressed in black opened fire with a shotgun and two handguns from the stage of a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University on Thursday, killing five students and injuring 16 others before committing suicide, authorities said.

The gunman fatally shot four women and a man in a "brief, rapid-fire assault" that sent terrified students running for cover, university President John Peters said. Four of the six total dead died at the scene, and the other two died at a hospital, he said.

Witnesses in the geology class said "someone dressed in black came out from behind a screen in front of the classroom and opened fire with a shotgun," Peters said.

Lauren Carr said she was sitting in the third row of the lecture hall around 3 p.m. when she saw the shooter walk through a door on the right-hand side of the stage, pointing a gun straight ahead.

"I personally Army-crawled halfway up the aisle," said Carr, a 20-year-old sophomore. "I said I could get up and run or I could die here."

She said a student in front of her was bleeding, "but he just kept running."

"I heard this girl scream, 'Run, he's reloading the gun.'"

Peters said the gunman was a former graduate student in sociology at NIU, but was not currently enrolled at the 25,000-student campus about 65 miles west of Chicago.

"It appears he may have been a student somewhere else," University Police Chief Donald Grady said, adding that police had no apparent motive.

Seventeen victims were brought to Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb, according to spokeswoman Theresa Komitas. One died, two were admitted and three were discharged; five are being evaluated and six others were transferred to other hospitals in critical condition. At least one male died at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, an official said.

George Gaynor, a senior geography student, who was in Cole Hall when the shooting happened, told the student newspaper the Northern Star that the shooter was "a skinny white guy with a stocking cap on."

He described the scene immediately following the incident as terrifying and chaotic.

"Some girl got hit in the eye, a guy got hit in the leg," Gaynor said outside just minutes after the shooting occurred. "It was like five minutes before class ended too."

Witnesses said the young man carried a shotgun and a pistol. Student Edward Robinson told WLS that the gunman appeared to target students in one part of the lecture hall.

"It was almost like he knew who he wanted to shoot," Robinson said. "He knew who and where he wanted to be firing at."

Jillian Martinez, a freshman from Carpentersville, told the Chicago Tribune she was in the auditorium when the gunman entered through a door to the right of the lectern and opened fire about 3 p.m. "He just started shooting at all the kids," she said. "He just started shooting at people, and I ran out of there as fast as I could. I ran all the way to the student center; when I got there I could still hear shooting (from the classroom).

Agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting local authorities at the scene, spokesman Thomas Ahern told the Chicago Tribune.

"We will be urgently tracing the firearms and learning the history of the weapons," Ahern said.

All classes were canceled Thursday night and the campus was closed on Friday. Students were urged to call their parents "as soon as possible" and were offered counseling at any residence hall, according to the school Web site.

The school was closed for one day during final exam week in December after campus police found threats, including racial slurs and references to shootings earlier in the year at Virginia Tech, scrawled on a bathroom wall in a dormitory. Police determined after an investigation that there was no imminent threat and the campus was reopened. Peters said he knew of no connection between that incident and Thursday's attack.

The shooting was the fourth at a U.S. school within a week.

On Feb. 8, a woman shot two fellow students to death before committing suicide at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge. In Memphis, Tenn., a 17-year-old is accused of shooting and critically wounding a fellow student Monday during a high school gym class, and the 15-year-old victim of a shooting at an Oxnard, Calif., junior high school has been declared brain dead.

SteelCityMan786
02-14-2008, 10:15 PM
Ok, people who are considering doing this and are this screwed up, GET HELP. This kind of action is not excusable.

I'm so tired of people trying to do this. Kids should be able to go to school and feel safe while we prepare for our future. Not have to worry about if we're going to be alive after school. My school has had no worse then threats. Even that is unexcusable. Some people never learn. This is even more painful to put up with now. An ex-teammate from my Football team just died Tuesday. Do you think I want to have to hear someone else having to suffer to?

The Duke
02-14-2008, 10:40 PM
this is just awful, what is it that drives people to do this vile acts

Witnesses said the young man carried a shotgun and a pistol. Student Edward Robinson told WLS that the gunman appeared to target students in one part of the lecture hall.

"It was almost like he knew who he wanted to shoot," Robinson said. "He knew who and where he wanted to be firing at."

so, this is a revenge? hate? just a nut? if he actually knew his targets why do it at a school with so much people around, solve you problems somewhere else! and without killing, it's not that hard!

The shooting was the fourth at a U.S. school within a week.

you gotta be kidding me, fourth! how are people supposed to feel safe in this places anymore

Ok, people who are considering doing this and are this screwed up, GET HELP.


totally agree with you. what's sad is that there are probably many more like this guy out there

sorry to hear about your friend dude

Steeler in Carolina
02-14-2008, 10:43 PM
Very sad news.

revefsreleets
02-15-2008, 06:37 PM
The media isn't helping...these weirdos who are nobodies now know that they will at least get their 15 if they flip out. Not saying suppress, but change the way they cover these things. Keep the name and picture of the shooter out of the papers and off tv until the smoke clears (literally).

PisnNapalm
02-15-2008, 08:12 PM
Well what do you know.... Another "Gun Free Zone" turned into a killing field.

http://www.concealedcampus.org/

HometownGal
02-15-2008, 08:16 PM
The media isn't helping...these weirdos who are nobodies now know that they will at least get their 15 if they flip out. Not saying suppress, but change the way they cover these things. Keep the name and picture of the shooter out of the papers and off tv until the smoke clears (literally).

I agree 100% with your post, revs. :thumbsup: Copy-cat killings and as sad as it is to think it much less say it, I don't see it stopping any time soon.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and all of the students and faculty at NIU.

steelwall
02-15-2008, 08:22 PM
Truely sad, these kinds of things make me have second thoughts about returning to the US. I dont have children yet, but just got married Dec 21st and we are planning to have children in the near future. My wife is Chinese and she can't fathom these kinds of acts. Guns are not allowed to be owned by private citizens here.

lilyoder6
02-15-2008, 09:05 PM
this makes me sick b/c men and women are oversees putting there lives on the line for people to live a happy free life and then dumbass like this wants to go out and kill ppl..

SteelCityMan786
02-15-2008, 11:26 PM
this makes me sick b/c men and women are oversees putting there lives on the line for people to live a happy free life and then dumbass like this wants to go out and kill ppl..

Yes, and it is also a disgrace to military families and their friends. (I happen to have a cousin that will be going over there and my brother has a friend that will be going back soon)

Preacher
02-15-2008, 11:41 PM
Well what do you know.... Another "Gun Free Zone" turned into a killing field.

http://www.concealedcampus.org/

Yeah...

Imagine what would have happened if one of those students had a gun in his backpack?

Rhee Rhee
02-16-2008, 01:26 AM
dissappointing...

it wasn't as bad as VT but then again what is?

prayers and thoughts go out to the family members...