Northern Illinois University NIU Gunman Identified: Steven Kazmierczak

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Elk Grove High School yearbook photo and more recent photo of Steven Kazmierczak.

The NIU shooter has been identified as Steven P. Kazmierczak, 27, from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. He carried shotgun in a guitar case as he walked to Cole Hall on the NIU campus. Other guns and ammunition were hidden under a coat. Kazmierczak was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the scene.

He came through a door on the left side of the stage, and immediately began shooting, according to Don Grady, chief of police of NIU Police Department.

The Daily Herald is reporting that Steven P. Kazmierczak was a 1998 graduate of Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

He is reported to have served as Vice-President of NIU’s Academic Criminal Justice Association. In 2006, the NIU sociology department awarded Kazmierczak one of its highest honors, the Annual Dean’s Award — described as an award for really good students.

Daniel Parmenter, 20, of Westchester
Catalina Garcia, 20, of Cicero
Ryanne Mace, 19, of Carpentersville;
Julianna Gehant, 32, of Meridan.

Gayle Dubowski, 20, of Carol Stream, Illinois was a fifth victim who passed away at Rockford OSF Saint Anthony Hospital in Winnebago County.

A reporter at a 10:00 a.m. press conference mentioned there were victims with the same last name as the shooter. Police knew of no connection at this time.

The NIU Department of Public Safety is asking that any individuals who witnessed the Feb. 14 shooting, or who believe they have any information related to the shooting, call the University Tip Line at (815) 753-TIPS.

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