Police Piece Together Shooter's Trail

Kazmierczak spent two days in motel room before shooting
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2008 10:43 AM CST
Police Piece Together Shooter's Trail
A tearful Robert Kazmierczak, father of suspected NIU gunman Stephen Kazmierczak, yells out his front door to media as a Sheriffs deputy guards his property Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Joe Ranze)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Before his shooting rampage at NIU, Steven Kazmierczak spent two days in a motel, taking cold medicine and drinking Red Bull, the Chicago Tribune reports. He left behind no note, only a sealed duffel bag filled with gun ammo. Kazmierczak, who had stopped taking medication for anxiety, also sent his ex-girlfriend packages loaded with gun accessories. He instructed her not to open them until Valentine’s Day.

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Acquaintances continued to struggle to square the Kazmierczak they knew—a gifted, gentle sociology student—with the one who killed 5 students. The AP reports that he spent a year in a psychiatric hospital in the '90s after becoming unruly at home, but medication seemed to conquer that behavior. Last month, Kazmierczak wrote to a mentor that “everything is going well” at his new school and that he planned to attend law school. (Read more Steven Kazmierczak stories.)

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