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February 20, 2010

2-19-10 Shooting Incident Timeline

3:29 a.m. Shooting occurred outside Stevenson Towers North
3:30 a.m. Officers on scene
3:34 a.m. Suspect apprehended (State’s Attorney has requested that NIU not release the name at this time.)
3:36 a.m.    Medics on scene to treat victim; victim transported to Kishwaukee Community Hospital
3:48 a.m.   Text alert message sent by NIU PD to approx 12,000 subscribers:

"There has been a shooting STN campus is being locked down suspect is apprehended and in custody."
4:30 a.m.  Campus alert posted to NIU website:

There has been a shooting on campus. Campus has been locked down. The suspect has been apprehended and is in custody. More details to come.
5:03 a.m.    Statement posted to NIU website:

NIU Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on campus during the early morning hours on Friday, February 19.

The incident occurred near the Stevenson Residence Hall. An NIU student was injured in the shooting, and was transported to Kishwaukee Community Hospital for treatment. 

NIU Public Safety officials are stating that the event appears to be an isolated incident between two individuals, and that the alleged assailant is in police custody.

NIU Public Safety officials are advising all students, and campus residents to take extra precaution on Friday morning, and to be alert for any unusual circumstances.  If students observe anything that appears to be out of the ordinary they are asked to call NIU Public Safety at 815-753-1212.

The NIU campus remains open, and all classes will be held as scheduled.
5:30 a.m.     Incident e-mail Distributed to all NIU faculty and staff
5:50 a.m. “All clear” message posted to NIU website

Campus is open and classes will be held as usual. NIU Police & Public Safety has issued an "all clear" for the campus. The shooting suspect is in custody. 
6:28 a.m.   Hotline numbers posted to NIU website

NIU has established a hotline for individuals seeking information about the status of classes and campus activities.  The phone numbers are listed below:

815-753-1573
815-753-1574
815-753-1585
815-753-6257
6:45 a.m.     “All Clear” e-mail distributed
7:14  a.m.        Counseling information posted on NIU website

Counseling Available

Students who would like to talk with a counselor can come to the Counseling and Student Development Center, 200 Campus Life Building, 815-753-1206 for a walk-in appointment all day today. You may have some reactions to the shooting, and may find that talking through your feelings with someone like a friend or family member can be helpful as well.

NIU’s Student Affairs Division is manning an information hotline for parents and students.  Telephone numbers are on the NIU homepage.  Counselors are on site in Stevenson residence hall, as well as at the NIU Counseling Center in the Campus Life building.  Student Affairs staff are on site with the victim and his family at Kishwaukee Hospital. 

It is so unfortunate that violence continues to plague college campuses, houses of worship, malls and public venues across the country.  I want to reiterate that NIU is a safe campus.  We are a large community, almost 30,000 students, faculty and staff.  Our campus is larger than many towns, cities and villages.  Regrettably, incidents such as this can occur anywhere, at any time, as we know all too well.  We continue to remain vigilant to provide a safe and secure university community for our students, faculty and staff in which to live and learn. 

W e will continue to keep you updated throughout our website as additional details become available. 

Media Contact: Northern Illinois University
Email: webcommunications@niu.edu