Hospitals told to expect up to 15 victims from university near Chicago
NBC News and news services
updated 4:49 p.m. ET, Thurs., Feb. 14, 2008
DEKALB, Ill. - A gunman opened fire in a lecture hall on the campus of Northern Illinois University, and more than a dozen people were reported injured.
WBBM in Chicago reported that a man with a shotgun began shooting in a lecture hall, and the (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reported that police said on a scanner that the man had a shotgun and a pistol.
Hospitals in the area were told to expect up to 15 injured people.
The university issued an alert at 3:20 p.m. CT telling students to avoid Kings Common and buildings in that area. A spokeswoman confirmed that the shooting occurred.
The university was locked down, and students reportedly were calling from the library.
The Daily Chronicle reporteed that at least two people are reported down in DuSable Hall, and one person had blood on the back of the head, according to eyewitness reports. It could not be confirmed if it was from a gunshot.
Police have established a perimeter around Cole Hall, and 15-20 emergency vehicles were in the area.
This breaking story will be updated.