A gunman has opened fire on students at a university near Chicago in the United States, killing five people before turning the gun on himself. Four of the dead were female and two, including the gunman, were male. The shooting took place at Northern Illinois University, in De Kalb, 65 miles (100km) west of Chicago. Students ran for cover as a white male armed with two handguns and a shotgun opened fire during a science lecture. Another 16 people were injured in the attack. Police said there was no apparent motive.The victims, four women and a man, were killed in a "brief, rapid-fire assault", university president John Peters said.
The university confirmed that the gunman was a former graduate student in sociology, but was not currently enrolled. Earlier reports said 17 victims had been transported to Kishwaukee Community Hospital.
Police say there is no apparent motive for the attack
The shooting comes 10 months after 32 students and staff were shot by a student at Virginia Tech University in one of the worst shootings ever at a US school. It is also the fourth shooting at a US education establishment within a week.
Last Friday, a woman shot dead two fellow students before killing herself at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge. In Memphis, Tennessee, a 17-year-old is accused of shooting and critically wounding a student on Monday, and a 15-year-old was shot at a junior high school in California on Tuesday. (more...)