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Northern Illinois University Shooting

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
2008-02-14
The Google Map for this location is not good. Use the Birdseye from maps.live.com (not actually the birdseye in this case) for a better view of Cole Hall.

The Northern Illinois University shooting was an incident that took place on February 14, 2008, during which a gunman shot multiple people on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. The incident happened on the campus's Cole Hall at approximately 3:05 p.m. local time. The school placed the campus on lockdown and canceled all classes until February 25th. Students and teachers were advised to head to a secure location and take cover, avoiding the scene and all buildings in the vicinity of the area.

At approximately 3:06 pm CST, Steven Kazmierczak entered a large auditorium-style lecture hall in Cole Hall with 150 to 200 students. The door he used led directly to the stage in front of the classroom where Kazmierczak stood and fired into the crowd of students with a shotgun and three handguns; the shotgun was smuggled in using a guitar case and the handguns were concealed under his coat. The gunman was a former NIU Sociology graduate student and a current graduate student in the school of social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The NIU Police Chief described him as "an outstanding student" who reportedly stopped taking medication recently and became "somewhat erratic".
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