Friday, February 15, 2008

University shooter interested in 'peace, social justice'

Wow, he kind of went the other way with that didn't he.

Northern Illinois University on Friday identified the man who fatally shot five people in a classroom as Steven P. Kazmierczak, whom police described as an award-winning student "revered" by colleagues and faculty.

Oh no, they have no music, movies, or video games to blame. No trenchcoats, no Islamic radicalism, not even just failing grades. Where are they going to point their finger now?

Kazmierczak, 27, who police said shot 21 people before shooting and killing himself, was an award-winning sociology student and a leader of a campus criminal justice group, according to school Web sites.

I guess sometimes you just can't keep the mask on long enough. If you relate to that, go get help. I did.

Concealing a shotgun in a guitar case, and tucking three other guns under his coat, Kazmierczak walked into a geology class in an NIU lecture hall Thursday afternoon and began firing, police said. The graduate student stopped to reload his shotgun before he took his own life, police said.

Well, he couldn't take his own life with an empty shotgun. Go on.

Kazmierczak was a student about 175 miles away at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, police said, and there "were no red flags" warning of any violent behavior.

How about the fact he had four weapons in his possession? They didn't magically appear in his coat and guitar case. Someone had to know he was holding these weapons. That always throws the red flag up for me.

Carter-Black and Chris Larrison -- another School of Social Work associate professor who knew Kazmierczak -- described the gunman as pleasant, considerate and flexible.

"He stopped by to shoot me but it wasn't a good time and he agreed to come back in ten and shoot me then."

He was lightening his course load so he could take on a position in the prison system, she said.

Guess he didn't want that position after all.


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