Breaking news- Gunman opens fire at N. Illinois U. hall

Please not another Virginia Tech.

DEKALB, Ill. – A gunman opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University on Thursday, injuring as many as 15 people, authorities said. “Campus police report that the immediate danger has passed. The gunman is no longer a threat,” the school reported on its Web site at 4:14 p.m.

Kishwaukee Community Hospital said on its Web site up to 15 victims were arriving, including three to four with head wounds.

The shooting took place around 3 p.m. in Cole Hall near the King Commons, a central gathering place on the 25,000-student campus, according to the Web site.

All classes were canceled Thursday night and the campus was closed on Friday. Students were urged to call their parents “as soon as possible” and were offered counseling at any residence hall, according to the school Web site.

Dr. Taylor writes– “Hopefully these are injuries only and none will be fatalities.” I hope so too. Lets pray no one lost their life in this incident.

Update: From CBS2 Chicago:

Student journalists at the school’s Northern Television Center reported that there were 18 victims, two of them fatalities, including the gunman.

Lt. Gary Spangler of the DeKalb Police Department told the school newspaper, the Northern Star, that “The gunman is deceased,” adding that the “majority of the incident happened in Cole Hall.”

…A viewer who e-mailed CBS 2 said that her brother was in the lecture hall where the shooting happened. “He says that the gunmen was a white male dressed in all black. He kicked the door in and opened fire. My brother dove under the desk, and popped his head up to see the gunmen was reloading. He grabbed his girlfriend’s hand and ran to the library where they been in lockdown since.”

Katie Wagner, a student who was inside the classroom, tells CBS 2 that there were 70 students inside room 101 at Cole Hall when the shooting happened. She said the gunman entered from a side door near the front of the lecture hall and started to fire shots.

2nd Update– DeKalb Daily Chronicle is reporting five dead, including the shooter.

A man dressed in black opened fire with a shotgun from a stage of a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University on Thursday, killing himself and four others, NIU Police Chief Donald Grady said.

At least 18 people have been shot at Northern Illinois University and police have confirmed that the shooter is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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