CBNNews.com - The man who gunned down five people at Northern Illinois University had stopped taking his medication and had become erratic, police said Friday.
Former NIU grad student Stephen Kazmierczak, 27, carried a shotgun to campus inside a guitar case and carried two handguns during his ambush, Thursday. Seventeen others were injured before Kazmierczak took his own life on the stage of the lecture hall.
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"He had stopped taking medication and become somewhat erratic in the last couple of weeks," Campus Police chief Donald Grady said. No other details about those medications were given.
Police are now slowly piecing together what happened. What they do know Kazmierczak walked into a geology class and just started shooting. He had no known criminal record or arrests.
Witness said he was dressed in black and wearing a stocking cap when he emerged from behind a screen onstage, in the 200-seat lecture hall. He then paused to reload his shotgun before opening fire again on terrified students.
"I was sitting there, we had ten minutes left in class, taking notes and all of a sudden I see this man out of the corner of my eye," student Deseree Smith said. "He just seemed to appear. He was dressed all in black. He had a black ski cap on and I saw him shoot our professor."
Illinois has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. But the gunman was armed with a pump-action Remington shotgun and a Glock 9mm handgun, both purchased legally less than a week ago, authorities said. The other weapons were still being traced.
The attack didn't last long, but investigators said they recovered 48 shell casings and six shotgun shells following the attack.
Students started to crawl away and then texting and calling each other.
Lauren Carr said she was sitting in the third row when she saw the shooter walk through a door on the right-hand side of the stage, pointing a gun straight ahead.
"I personally Army-crawled halfway up the aisle," said Carr, a 20-year-old sophomore. "I said I could get up and run or I could die here."
Within 20 minutes, the school's Web site warned of a possible gunman on campus. This is now the fourth shooting at a college this week alone, following the horrible Virginia Tech massacre last spring.
"I wish i could tell you there was a panacea for this kind of thing, but you've notice there have been multiple shootings all over this country within the last six months," Grady said. "It's a horrendous circumstance, and as much as we do, it's unlikely anyone would ever have the ability to stop an incident like this from beginning."
Shell-Shocked Students Pray
Classes were cancelled today, but the campus has not been empty.
More than a hundred students cried and hugged as they gathered outside the Phi Kappa Alpha house early Friday to remember Parmenter, the 20-year-old sophomore from Elmhurst, who was one of those killed.
For now, students are coming together to pray, turning to God and each other in their hour of need, and crying out to God for hope.
DeKalb County Coroner Dennis J. Miller released the identities of four victims: Daniel Parmenter, 20, of Westchester; Catalina Garcia, 20, of Cicero; Ryanne Mace, 19, of Carpentersville; and Julianna Gehant, 32, of Meridan.
Another victim, Gayle Dubowski, a 20-year-old sophomore from Carol Stream, died at a Rockford hospital, Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia said.
Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press