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Headline: 17 Shot, 5 Dead at Northern Illinois University

CNN is just now reporting that a gunman has entered campus and has shot 17 people at Northern Illinois University. It's now reported that at least five individuals are dead.

The gunman, who apparently opened fire in Cole Hall, is dead. The shooting occured shortly after 3 p.m. EST on the DeKalb campus. The incident is apparently under control, but no news has been released yet regarding fatalities.

freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
My heart goes out to all of the loved ones of those lost. This trend is frightening. :(
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
OMG! This is terrible. :(
infamouspopee infamouspopee 9 years
I'm a current grad student at NIU and all I can say is I am devastated. No one I know was injured-fortunately I work in a different building. However, this campus will be forever-heartbreakingly- changed. My heart aches for all those families who lost loved ones tonight. Thank you for at least mentioning this on your blog. So far it has been ignored by most of the blogs that are totally news oriented.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
This is awful. It scares me how this happens so easily in our world. What is worse is that it may have not been a student, or definitely wasn't. Shootings happen on or around my campus every year, just not massively. I've had friends who have been abducted while on a run, shootings in the campus parks, and recently, a shooting in my apartment building. But the idea of shooting in a school building is scary. I am in my school until late hours, as most are, and it is a home to many, and it scares me that anyone, not even a student, could hurt any of us. My condolences to those who have been hurt by this tragedy.
catchawhale catchawhale 9 years
This is just way too close to home. I know too many people that have gone there and currently attend. Thankfully nobody I know has been hurt. Four shootings at a US school in a week, maybe now something will be done about gun control.
asco00 asco00 9 years
This is so sad. I attended NIU as well. My sister in law goes there now, she had a class in Cole this morning that she actually skipped because her mom came out to visit. The shooter is a former student is what they are saying now. My heart goes out to everyone. It's just so sad.
loveleighdancer loveleighdancer 9 years
I found out a little more information. I think they said there are 5 now whom are dead, one of them is the shooter. The news stations went on to say that the shooter was not a student at NIU, but they are not disclosing any other information on him. In December during finals week there was a threat written on a bathroom wall to kill African American students, but they are saying right now that this situation is unrelated to that. Those are the only updates I know so far.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
What is with all of these school shootings in the past few weeks? It makes me so sad. :(
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
It's a relief that no one besides the shooter has been shot fatally. I hope those in critical condition pull through!!! WHY do these people have to cause so much devastation and suffering before they can kill themselves???
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
OH, NO. This makes me heartsick.
oc-sugar oc-sugar 9 years
not another one! my thoughts and prayers are with all of those students and their famalies!
brielleblonde brielleblonde 9 years
As a student from Virginia Tech I am especially sadden to hear this news. I will keep everyone at NIU in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong.
AliCherri1 AliCherri1 9 years
I'm glad your friends are alright loveleighdancer :) Everyone is my prayers.
loveleighdancer loveleighdancer 9 years
I have a lot of friends that go there, thankfully they are okay. This is so scary. I didn't know that the gunman is dead. I'm watching the CBS 2 and they haven't said anything. Keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers!
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