Magazine article includes new details about NIU gunman

CHICAGO (AP) -- A national magazine is reporting new details about the man who killed five students and then himself when he opened fire in February at Northern Illinois University.

In the August edition of Esquire magazine, writer David Vann reports that Steven Kazmierczak (kaz-MUR'-chehk) told a friend he admired the way the gunman who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007 chained the doors to prevent them from leaving.

The article also details Kazmierczak's psychological problems, suicide attempts, and questions he had about his sexual identity.

It also includes accounts by a teacher a teaching assistant who were present when Kazmierczak opened fire.

Teacher Joe Peterson is quoted as saying Kazmierczak calmly shot his victims and displayed no emotion.


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