Northern Illinois University Says Gunman Opens Fire on Campus

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Dekalb, ll. (AP) Dekalb police say a gunman who opened fired at Northern Illinois University is dead.

Authorities say the gunman started shooting in a lecture hall on Thursday, injuring as many as 15 people as students frantically scrambled over desks for cover.

Kishwaukee Community Hospital said on its web site up to 15 victims were arriving, including three to four with head wounds. The University issued a statement on its web site about an hour after the shooting saying that “The immediate danger has passed. The gunman is no longer a threat.”

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.

Witnesses said the shooter carried a shotgun and a pistol. Student Edward Robinson told WLS-TV in Chicago that the gunman appeared to target students in one part of the lecture hall.

Dekalb is located about 65 miles west of Chicago

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