7 Dead 21 Injured at Northern Illinois University (Video) Update: Shooter Identified

6 students were shot dead- 21 more were injured.
The gunman has been named unofficially as Steve Kazmierczak, 27.
His father lives in Florida.

In this photo released Feb. 15, 2008, by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is Steven Kazmierczak who was identified by Florida authorities and a university official familiar with the investigation as the gunman who killed six people at Northern Illinois University. Kazmierczak was currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Illinois.(AP Photo/University of Illinois)

The shooting may have been related to a failed relationship
with the rampage planned for Valentine’s Day.

A blood-splattered student at Northern Illinois University after a gunman opened fire on a classroom yesterday. (Daily Mail)

Fraternity and sorority members of Northern Illinois University participate in a candlelight vigil early Friday Feb. 15, 2008 for Dan Parmenter one of the five victims of the NIU shooting Thursday in DeKalb, Ill.,. A former student dressed in black walked onto the stage of a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University and opened fire on a packed science class Thursday, killing five students, wounding 16 and setting off a panicked stampede before committing suicide. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


CNN has the latest from the shooting yesterday at Northern Illinois University:

A gunman dressed in black stepped from behind a curtain at the front of a large lecture hall at Northern Illinois University on Thursday and shot 21 people, six of them fatally, then shot and killed himself, said university President John Peters.

“A lot of people were screaming. Everybody started running for the door,” said student Zach Seward. “It was just complete chaos.”

Four died at the scene, including the shooter, and three later died at a hospital, officials said.

At least 22 people, including the gunman and a graduate student who was teaching an ocean sciences class, were shot, Peters said.

Late Thursday, dozens of students gathered on campus for a candlelight prayer vigil. Video footage showed students comforting one another and a young man playing guitar.

Here is a news report from the campus of Northern Illinois University:

The victims:

DeKalb County Coroner Dennis J. Miller on Friday released the identities of the four victims who died in his county: Daniel Parmenter, 20, of Westchester; Catalina Garcia, 20, of Cicero; Ryanne Mace, 19, of Carpentersville; and Julianna Gehant, 32, of Meridan.

Three of the students shot in the lecture theatre have been identified today as Ryanne E Mace, Maria Ruiz Santana & Dan Parmenter. Maria survived but Ryanne and Dan were killed. (Daily Mail)

Here’s more on the shooter:

VICE-PRESIDENT: Steve Mazmierczak. Steve served as an undergrad teaching
aid for Sociology 388 (corrections) and 488 (juvenile delinquency) in
spring, 2004. He has strong interests in justice reform and, as an older
sociology/criminal justice major, he brings experience and ideas to the group.

My name is Steve Kazmierczak, and I’m a 3rd year student here at NIU.
During my sophomore year I served as an aid for the SOCI170 web-board and
last semester, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a team leader
for SOCI488-Juvenile Delinquency. Since attending NIU, I’ve worked very
hard as a student, and I know that I would be able to forth the same effort
as an officer of the ACA. I feel that I’m committed to social justice, and
if elected as treasurer I promise to serve the NIU chapter of the ACA to the
best of my ability.

He was vice-president of the NIU Criminal Justice Association.

Glenn Reynolds, Eugene Volokh and Hugh Hewitt discussed carrying guns on campus last night on Hugh’s radio show.

Gunman Opens Fire at Northern Illinois University- 6 Dead!

UPDATE: The AP has more on the legally purchased weapons:

Two of the weapons — the pump-action Remington shotgun and a Glock 9mm handgun — were purchased legally less than a week ago, on Feb. 9, authorities said. They were purchased in Champaign, where Kazmierczak was enrolled at the University of Illinois.

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