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In pictures: Illinois university shooting

Emergency vehicle cluster outside Northern Illinois University

Six students have been killed by a gunman who opened fire in a crowded lecture theatre at Northern Illinois University near Chicago in the US.

Emergency workers carry injured student at Northern Illinois University

Another 15 people were injured as the black-clad gunman fired two handguns and a shotgun during a science lecture, before taking his own life.

Students are cared for on Northern Illinois University campus as they react to shooting.

Eyewitnesses have described scenes of panic as students dropped to the floor of the auditorium or ran for their lives.

Police rush to the scene of shooting at Northern Illinois University

Police were at the scene within minutes, but the attacker, a former sociology student at the university, was already dead by the time they arrived.

Shooting victims wheeled on stretcher, Northern Illinois University

Emergency workers wheeled the victims on stretchers through the snow to waiting ambulances.

Father of one injured students arrives at hospital

The injured, including the class lecturer, were taken to a local hospital, where concerned relatives arrived to wait for news.

Student reacts to shooting, Northern Illinois University

Shocked students were offered counselling and urged to telephone their parents.

Students and staff hold prayer vigil at Northern Illinois University

Students and staff at the university held vigils to mourn dead friends and colleagues and pray for the survivors.

Students and staff hold prayer vigil at Northern Illinois University

It was the fourth shooting at a US educational establishment within a week.

Policeman patrols building at Northern Illinois University

All classes scheduled for Friday were suspended, while police stepped up security around the deserted buildings.

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