Eighteen injured in shooting Northern Illinois University **Updated**
Thursday, February 14, 20080 Comments
At 3:40pm NIU canceled classes for the rest of the day and the following day and instructed people to stay off campus. By 4:15 campus police stated that the scene, Cole Hall, was secure. The University released information at 5:12pm confirming that the shooter was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Eighteen individuals were taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital with injuries from the shooting. For the time being the hospital is posting updates on their home page. According to the hospital 17 patients arrived at the hospital: 3 in critical condition, 8 in stable condition, six in good condition and no fatalities.
The shooting at NIU comes quickly after violent graffiti shut down the University for a day in December. Graffiti was found in the bathroom of a residence hall that read "The VA tech shooters messed up w/having only one shooter.”
More information will be provided as it becomes available.
NIU police have stated that the shooter at NIU was a university student but not a student of NIU. They have no idea of motives or if there was a specific target. No shots were reported fired by any police officers on the scene. Kishwaukee Community Hospital has reported that one shooting victim has died as a result of their injuries.
The NIU website states six fatalities, including the gunman. Four of the dead were female and two, including the gunman, were male. In total, there were 22 injured or killed. The shooter was an NIU graduate student in sociology in the Spring of 2007 but was not currently enrolled.
NIU is providing access to counseling services at all residences and several other locations on campus. University president John Peters is advising all students to help eachother out and to access counseling services.
A seventh fatality has been confirmed in the NIU shooting. However, Kishwaukee Community Hospital has discharged eight people while two others remain at the hospital.