NIU Student Slapped Away Gun Before Shooting

Accused shooter held on $500,000 bond

By BJ Lutz
|  Saturday, Feb 20, 2010  |  Updated 9:45 PM CDT
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The Northern Illinois Student who was shot outside a residence hall early Friday morning says he was trying to stop someone who didn't live there from entering the building.

Speaking from his room at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, 24-year-old Brian Mulder described to the DeKalb Daily Chronicle what happened:

"He (the accused shooter) lived off campus and next thing you know, I asked him kindly to leave the dorm, he pointed the gun at my face, I slapped it down and he shot me in the leg," Mulder said.

Minutes after the shooting, campus police had 22-year-old Buffalo Grove resident Zachary R. Isaacman in custody. Police said Isaacman likely had been drinking prior to the incident.

A 9-mm Glock containing a single magazine with one round in the chamber, one round missing and eight rounds remaining was recovered, according to a police report.  The report also said police recovered a second magazine that contained 10 rounds and had apparently been thrown away.

He has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon, and on Saturday was held on a $500,000 bond following a brief court appearance.

NIU has also issued Isaacman an immediate temporary sanction that essentially suspends him from the university.

Friday's incident came just five days after NIU had observed the second anniversary of the killing of five students in a university lecture hall.
 

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