Former Northern Illinois University Student Opens Fire, Kills Five on Campus
February 15, 2008
There's no way to stop someone out of their head from creating a maelstrom of death and destruction if they put their minds to it; this incident occurred at Northern Illinois University. (MSNBC):
A former graduate student armed with two handguns and a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a large lecture hall on the campus of Northern Illinois University, killing five students and wounding 16 others before killing himself, authorities said.
University President John G. Peters said six students - four women, the shooter and another man - were killed in what he described as a "very brief, rapid-fire assault." Sixteen other students were injured by bullet wounds or flying glass, authorities said.
All of the victims were students, including the shooter and the instructor, a graduate teaching assistant, who survived, Peters said. Two of the survivors were in critical condition Thursday night.At least there was a warning system that prevented another Virginia Tech massacre - a new security system put in place after that tragedy alerted students to avoid Kings Common and buildings in the area and the campus was locked down.