Six dead in Illinois college shooting

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February 14, 2008

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- The coroner says he's now putting the death toll at six in Thursday's Northern Illinois University campus shooting. The dead include five victims and the gunman, who killed himself. There was confusion over the death toll earlier today.

Police say 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak was a former graduate student. They also say he had been taking medication, but stopped it.

President John Peters says a man dressed in black opened fire with a shotgun and two handguns from the stage of a lecture hall.

At least 15 other students were injured.

The gunman shot himself on the stage.

The rampage sent terrified students screaming, crying and running for the doors around.

The motive is unknown, and police don't know if the gunman targeted people, or shot at random.

All classes are canceled on the 25,000-student campus, which is about 65 miles west of Chicago.

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