A gunman opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University on Thursday, Feb. 14, killing six students and injuring others before committing suicide, authorities said.

The gunman started shooting in a "brief, rapid-fire assault" that sent terrified students running for cover, university President John Peters said. Four of the seven total dead, including the gunman, died at the scene, and the other three died in hospitals, he said.

On Feb. 15, Florida authorities and a university official familiar with the investigation identified the shooter as 27-year-old former student Steven Kazmierczak.

Polk County, Fla., sheriff's officials said they were asked to...

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