22 students shot at Northern Illinois University

February 14, 2008

Just after 3pm on Valentine's Day, "a skinny white guy" dressed in black burst into a Geology classroom at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb (65 miles west of Chicago). In less than two minutes the gunman, who was apparently not a NIU student, fired almost 30 rounds from a shotgun and two handguns into the class of 165 students, before killing himself. At press time, reports indicated 5 students were killed and 14 others sent to hospital. The Governor has declared a state of emergency, and classes at the 25,000-student campus have been cancelled for today. This is the fourth shooting at a US campus within a week. Chicago Tribune | CNN | International Herald Tribune | Globe & Mail | NIU homepage