7 killed, at least 16 injured in Northern Illinois University shooting

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Northern Illinois University officials say 21 people were shot in a lecture hall before the gunman killed himself. School officials say four people, including the shooter died in the Cole Hall lecture room. Three other victims died at the hospital.

The shooting happened about 3:00pm CST Thursday in a room at Cole Hall. Witnesses say a man dressed in black started shooting from the front of the large lecture hall. Witnesses said it was a very brief attack and ended when he killed himself. Campus police believe he used three guns in the attack.

Students scrambled over desks for cover from the shooter. Police have not yet released the identity of the shooter but say he was not currently a NIU student. He had, however, been enrolled before as a graduate student. Right now, campus officials have no idea about a motive for the shooting.

Campus police arrived just minutes later, and by 3:20pm CST, a campus-wide alert had been sent out telling students to stay where they were.
DeKalb is about 65 miles from Chicago.

University officials have not released the names of anyone involved in the shooting as they are still identifying them and telling their families.

All NIU classes and activities are cancelled, but the residence halls are still open. The university has asked its students to call their parents and has opened several hotlines for parents or students to call for information.

Those numbers are:
(815) 753-1573
(815) 753-6143
(815) 753-1574
(815) 753-1575
(815) 753-9564
(815) 753-6257

The university is also posting updated information on its website, click here for the Northern Illinois Campus Alert.

The Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb is also posting updates on its website. Click here for that site.

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