Some aspects of the Northern Illinois University shootings are tragically reminiscent of last year's rampage at Virginia Tech. Police in Illinois report today that Stephen P. Kazmierczak, who killed five students and himself yesterday had stopped taking medication a couple of weeks ago and had been behaving erratically.
After the April 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, The Post reported that shooter Seung Hui Cho never received the treatment ordered by a judge who declared him dangerously mentally ill less than two years before he killed 33 people. Gaps in the mental health system and confusion over student privacy laws were identified as problems by the panel that investigated the massacre at Virginia Tech. The panel said the flaws might take years to correct and require action by the federal government.
The Post also learned that despite his mental illness Cho encountered no problem purchasing two handguns before his rampage.
The day of horror at Virginia Tech was documented in two extraordinary reconstructions by Post reporters of the deadly rampage and the enormous rescue and investigative effort that followed the shootings.
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