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An Internet gun dealer based in Green Bay that sold a weapon to the Virginia Tech shooter last year, sold handgun accessories to the man who killed five at Northern Illinois University.
Eric Thompson says that his Web site, www.topglock.com, sold two empty 9 millimeter Glock magazines and a Glock holster to Kazmierczak on February 4.
The order arrived on Tuesday, just two days before the 27-year-old opened fire in a classroom.
Thompson says he has no idea whether the shooter was using the holster or magazines he sold. Each magazine can hold 33 bullets. Thompson says his site did not sell Kazmierczak any bullets or guns.

Another site run by Thompson's company also sold a handgun to the person who killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus last year.

Robert Kazmierczak

Stephen Kazmierczak. My name is Stephen Kazmierczak and I am 9 years old.
I live in Tucson Arizona and I am in the 3rd grade.

Using VB 5.0, I've created an app to play wav, midi, and cd's using the MM
control that comes with VB. Date: 1997/05/07
stephen Kazmierczak zik@wpi.edu

Stephen Kazmierczak Senior Software Engineer Greater Boston Area

skazmierczak@gmail.com <== from niu criminal justice student association page

U of I, Champaign-Urbana phonebook:
alias: skazmie2
name: Kazmierczak Steven Phillip
pretty_name: Steven Phillip Kazmierczak
first_name: Steven
middle_name: Phillip
last_name: Kazmierczak
email: skazmie2@express.cites.uiuc.edu
student_department_name: School of Social Work
student_program_name: MSW:Social Work -UIUC
student_level_description: Graduate - Urbana-Champaign
student_major_name: Social Work
phone: (815) 508-2416
address: 1207 W. Oregon
: M/C 140
: Urbana, IL 61801
office_address: 1207 W. Oregon
: M/C 140
: Urbana, IL 61801
department: School of Social Work
type: person phone student staff"

S t r e n g t h e n i n g V u l n e r a b l e F a m i l i e s

Polk County, Fla., sheriff's officials said they were asked to notify the suspect's father
— Robert Kazmierczak of Lakeland, Fla. — of his son's death.

Wasn't that VTech shooter a sociology student as well?

served in the army (FOX) discharged


Kazmierczak, 27, Killer of 5 Students, Studied Mental Health Issues, Worked at Prison
enlisted in September 2001, and was separated before he completed basic training,
a defense official told ABC News.
Reasons for his separation include not revealing a condition during initial screening, or not adapting to military life.
Kazmierczak had most recently been studying mental health issues at the University of Illinois,
and had taken a job at a prison, according to his academic adviser.
was employed, starting the 24th of September 2007, as a correction officer at the Rockville Correctional Facility,"
Garrison told ABCNEWS.com. "He left employment on the 9th of October 2007."
"He just did not come back to work,"
Kazmierczak had served as a member of the NIU Academic Criminal Justice Association,
was a teaching aid during his undergraduate years and in 2006 even received a Dean's Award from the sociology department.
In 2006 Kazmierczak was a co-author of an essay entitled "Self-Injury in Correctional Settings: 'Pathology' of Prisons or of Prisoners,"
in which an attached biography describes him as having just begun his graduate work at NIU.
Kazmierczak's interests are listed as corrections, political violence and peace and social justice, according to the essay, and he had plans to co-author a manuscript on the role of religion in the formation of early prisons.
Kazmierczak worked as the Pirates Cove Children's Theme Park in his hometown in 1995, according to the park's director.
He had an acceptable employee record.

Rockville Correctional Facility for Women
Kazmierczak was Vice-President of the NIU Academic Criminal Justice Association in 2005

"I remember Steve Kazmierczak … the kind of person who injured kids on the train ride cuz he was mental
and he shouldn't be given domain over kids on little faux-traincars with an aluminum baseball bat … "

At approximately 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Kazmierczak — dressed in black and armed with three handguns and a shotgun
— entered an introductory geology class and opened fire.

was discharged from the United States Army in February 2002

The gunman who fatally shot five students before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University lecture hall,
likely planned his murder spree at least a week in advance, investigators said today.

Kazmierczak received the accessories from topglock.com, owned by TGSCOM Inc., on Tuesday,
two days before the shooting. It remains unknown if the accessories were used in the shooting.

Kazmierczak's father, Robert, lives in Lakeland, Fla., and his mother died in September 2006.

Student Edward Robinson told WLS-TV in Chicago that the gunman appeared to target students in one part of the lecture hall.
"It was almost like he knew who he wanted to shoot," Robinson said.
"He knew who and where he wanted to be firing at."

He was in the Army for about six months in 2001-02, but he told a friend he'd gotten a psychological discharge.

Kazmierczak (pronounced kaz-MUR-chek) grew up in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village. He was a B student at Elk Grove High School, where school district spokeswoman Venetia Miles said he was active in band and took Japanese before graduating in 1998. He was also in the chess club.

They included the names of four victims Daniel Parmenter, Ryanne Mace, Julianna Gehant, Catalina Garcia. Gayle Dubowski

ABC News has learned that all four guns involved in the NIU shooting were purchased legally from the same Champaign, Ill., gun dealer. The Remington shotgun and the 9 mm Glock were purchased Saturday. The Hi Point 380 was purchased Dec. 30, 2007 and the 9 mm S Sauer was purchased Aug. 6, 2007 from the same gun dealer.

Witnesses said the gunman, dressed in black and wearing a stocking cap, emerged from behind a screen on the stage of 200-seat Cole Hall and opened fire just as the class was about to end around 3 p.m

Robert Kazmierczak
Well done on researching the history of the Kazmierczaks. I occassionally enter people's names and your site came up. I am the 3rd son of Arthur Kazmierczak (son of Brunislaw Kazmierczak), both of whom were on your geneology chart. For your notes, my f ther passed away on Feb. 6th of this year. I have five siblings...if you wish, I can provide you with detailed birthdate and marrige information on my family as well as Kazmierczak links (my brother Arthur Jr. (Buck) is currently a part owner of an ISP a d is installing internet hubs in the east coast, so we are definitely web-connected.) Once again, well done on the researches. I would like to hear if you manage to get farther back in the Kazmierczak line. Sincerely, Robert Kazmierczak (born 09/03/71) Department of Microbiology University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Urbana, IL 61801 kazmrczk@pop.life.uiuc.edu

Dr. Robert Kazmierczak
Dr. Robert Kazmierczak is the Raymond W. Freese Fellow at the CRC. He received his BS in Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, studying regulation of Vitamin B12 production by Salmonella enteria (serovar Typhimurium) and interning at Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. He earned his MS and Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, during which time he held a NIH Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant fellowship to research chronic viral infections. He later studied at Washington University in St. Louis. At the CRC, he is conducting research to characterize and develop therapeutic Salmonella enterica as a treatment for prostate cancer.

Regulation of site-specific recombination by the C-terminus of integrase
Robert A. Kazmierczak, Brian M. Swalla2, Alex B. Burgin3, Richard I. Gumport1 and Jeffrey F. Gardner*
Department of Microbiology and 1 Department of Biochemistry and College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Sui Z, Sniderhan LF, Fan S, Kazmierczak K, Reisinger E, Kovács AD, Potash MJ, Dewhurst S, Gelbard HA, Maggirwar SB "Human immunodeficiency virus-encoded Tat activates glycogen synthase kinase-3beta to antagonize nuclear factor-kappaB survival pathway in neurons." Eur J Neurosci. 2006 May;23(10):2623-34

The gunman who shot and killed church worshippers and workers in Arvada and Colorado Springs, Colorado has been identified as Matthew Murray, 24, of Englewood, Colorado. He was the son of a prominent Denver neurosurgeon.
He reportedly first killed two workers at the Youth With a Mission organization and wounded two others before fleeing the scene. According to CNN reports, the gunman worked with the organization a few years ago but had a falling out. He had reportedly sent them several threatening letters prior to the assault. The school was a training center for missionaries.

Twelve hours later he killed two sisters and their father was wounded in the church parking lot of The New Life Church in Colorado Springs, 70 miles from Denver. He was killed by a female security guard as he entered the church. The gunman threw a hand grenade into the mega church at the start of the second assault. One of the church pastors indicates they had no ties to the gunman. The church has a membership of 7,000.

The killings came only days after a gunman opened fire in an Omaha, Nebraska mall, killing 8 people and then turning the gun on himself.

It seemed like it was me, the gunman, and God," said Jeanne Assam,
describing her feelings as she confronted a man who charged into her Colorado Springs church Sunday firing a weapon.
Police said a man with a beard, wearing a dark jacket, glasses,
and skullcap, entered the facility, got into a dispute with a staff member about whether he could stay there for the night, and then opened fire.
I was weak, and where I was weak, God made me strong," she said. "He filled me and he guided me and protected me and many other people. And I'm honored that God chose me."
Assam was one of about a dozen volunteer security guards at the church, half of whom are armed, Boyd said. The guards are licensed, trained and screened, and are church members, not "mercenaries," he said

National Flight - Ohio Phil Kazmierczak
National Flight Services Inc PhilKazmierczak@nationalflight.com

It didn't take long for online sleuths to identify the man behind the shootings at Northern Illinois University yesterday. Early this morning, before the police or the Associated Press released his name, online sleuths identified the 27-year-old man as Stephen P. Kazmierczak. Online, he went by "Steve Kaz," "Kazmier," and "StatisticsGrad."

Working from there, a few blogs went to work at discovering his online accounts and other trails he's left online. Here's what we know so far, and I'll be updating this entry throughout the day as I find more.


As mentioned in several news articles, he was the vice-president of the school's Academic Criminal Justice Association. Their executive officers page lists one of his email addresses, skazmierczak@gmail.com. Searching for that email address shows some discussion list activity from 2004 related to his work, but nothing recent.

Here's his biography for his Vice-President position. (Via Steve Huff from True Crime Weblog.)
Steve served as an undergrad teaching aid for Sociology 388 (corrections) and 488 (juvenile delinquency) in spring, 2004. He has strong interests in justice reform and, as an older sociology/criminal justice major, he brings experience and ideas to the group.

My name is Steve Kazmierczak, and I'm a 3rd year student here at NIU. During my sophomore year I served as an aid for the SOCI170 web-board and last semester, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a team leader for SOCI488-Juvenile Delinquency. Since attending NIU, I've worked very hard as a student, and I know that I would be able to forth the same effort as an officer of the ACA. I feel that I'm committed to social justice, and if elected as treasurer I promise to serve the NIU chapter of the ACA to the
best of my ability.

The following information was retrieved from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign's student database before it was removed. (Found on Odd Culture.)
alias: skazmie2
name: Kazmierczak Steven Phillip
pretty_name: Steven Phillip Kazmierczak
email: skazmie2@express.cites.uiuc.edu
sudent_department_name: School of Social Work
student_program_name: MSW:Social Work -UIUC
student_level_description: Graduate - Urbana-Champaign
student_major_name: Social Work
phone: (815) 508-2416
office_address: 1207 W. Oregon, M/C 140, Urbana, IL 61801
department: School of Social Work
type: person phone student staff

The NIU staff is removing pages where he was mentioned, but you can see in the Google cache that he won the 2006 Dean's Award and the Sociology Honors Society.

Here's a very short video of Stephen in class, taken by a professor in January 2004.


True Crime Weblog also discovered that he had problems with Paypal in this PaypalSucks thread from March 2007. He wrote, "Somebody please help me out, as I am desperate. I need this money to survive, as I am a poor graduate student just trying to make it by, which is why I started using Ebay in the first place, (to supplement the income I made through an assistantship)."


On a few sites, anonymous commenters that reportedly knew Kazmierczak have stepped forward to tell their stories. These are mostly anonymous, so it's impossible to verify their accuracy.

From Odd Culture, posted today:
I knew this kid, friend of a friend type deal. He was odd, quiet always gave me a creepy vibe, but then a lot of people give me that so I didn't think anything of it. Last I remember seeing him was in early jan. he showed me his tattoo's. They were all graphic an gory, but thats what guys like as tattoos. One was the doll from the Saw movies. I found that a little weird, why would a guy this age have a tattoo of some terrifying doll that signified nothing but a crazy serial killer. It scared me. But whatever floats your boat I thought. Then they started talking about his guns, he didn't bring it up, but just sat there and said a few things here and there jokingly, but quiet. I immediately thought why in the hell does this kid have a gun? He doesn't look like a hunter and didn't live anywhere I would consider dangerous enough for a gun, let alone two. The only thing I could think of is that he needed to prove something to himself or to someone else, since he was tall and gangly, and didn't look like he was mr popular. It's scary knowing that I hung out with that kid, that I sat there and discussed these things with him. He is one of those guys that you just know something is wrong with him the first time you meet him, but he's nice so you figure he is just a little odd. As for a motive goes, I do know that he had some issues with his sexuality, maybe it has something to do with that.

Also posted today on Odd Culture, by someone named "William":
I can't believe some of you, I grew up with Steve. I don't know what happened after we graduated high school to put him down this path but the kid I grew up with was a decent kid. I sat and ate lunch with him from grade school on up, we were in the same classes.

No matter how terrible his last acts I can't reconcile this with the adult I knew graduating high school, and the kid I grew up with.

In April 2006, Jim Schaffer posted a very long rant mentioning Kazmierczak on an Aphex Twin fan forum. Radar Online confirmed that Kazmierczak worked at the Elks Grove Pirates Cove children's theme park in 1995, so this one's definitely real.
steve motherfucking kazmierczak. yes thats exactly the problem here.

i was working at pirates cove in late 1995 and i was you know $4.50/hr child labor laws be damned and like i remember steve kazmierczak, the kind of kid who engaged in odd acts of fellatio with his dog, the kind of kid who'd go and masturbate in the bathroom while you were over at his house, the kind of person who injured kids on the train ride cuz he was mental and he shouldn't be given domain over kids on little faux-traincars with an aluminum baseball bat... when steve fucking kazmierczak ran up to me in late 95 early 96 proudly boasting his brand new copy of "i care because you do" like he was finally in with the cool kids.

both me and my friend joe died a little bit that day.

This morning, an anonymous commenter on The Copycat Effect wrote:
I attended just about every position with Steve at NIU. My senior year he was my Teachers Assistant for a quantitative research methods course. I would have never expected Steve to become involved in such a massive tragedy. He was always very nice, helpful, and a scholar. It is really a shame that he went and did something like this.

Maybe Aphex Twin will get blamed for it like Marilyn Manson got blamed for Columbine. How awesome would that be?
posted by tim on February 15, 2008 12:38 PM

Any word on what video games he played?
posted by nowak on February 15, 2008 1:00 PM

"Then they started talking about his guns,"

That's BS, because he bought his guns the saturday before the shooting.
posted by wizardpc on February 15, 2008 1:34 PM

Which one was he on: Effexor or Paxil? Either one causes huge withdrawal problems...

When are we going to learn about these meds?
posted by JohnEBoy on February 15, 2008 2:00 PM

Man was that a diaster
posted by Gerardo on February 15, 2008 2:28 PM

He bought two guns this week but had a couple of others well before this week.
posted by Scoot on February 15, 2008 2:30 PM

People sometimes get emotionally disturbed. They get angry. They get despondent. If guns are readily available to those people, they are more likely to kill themselves and kill other people than if guns were not readily available to them. The people who see these mass shootings as a justification for a proliferation of guns are putting their political ideology ahead of common sense. More guns in the hands of angry and despondent people means MORE violence, not less.
posted by Tim Bracken on February 15, 2008 2:41 PM

i don't know what was wrong with this guy he does not looking to be a problem.i'm so sorry for those who were killed and for those who were wounded.i pray for all students at NIU.we need better securities at ours campuses and keep ours students safer.NIU students god bless you all.and god bless AMERICA.keep ours students safe.
posted by zemina on February 15, 2008 3:18 PM

So how did the guy go from being a junior in high school in 2004 (according to the website blog) and a senior in 2005 (according to the LJ) to being 27 in 2008?!? He would be 21. You've seriously got the wrong guy! There must be plenty of "Steve Kaz*"s out there and this just doesn't add up. Though the photo released looks like he's closer to 21 than the reported 27.
posted by Tamara on February 15, 2008 3:30 PM

The Livejournal account wasn't his.
posted by Andy Baio on February 15, 2008 3:36 PM

Do a search on "Effexor withdrawal" and you'll see what caused him to go absolutely beserk!

This stuff is WICKED!
posted by Barney Rubble on February 15, 2008 4:01 PM

According to NIU campus Police there were 4 guns used. he could have easily had 2 guns months before he bought them on the 9th. Also, if he was a gradaute of 07 from NIU, he could have been 21 but if you look at NIU's site, he was 27.
posted by samantha on February 15, 2008 4:41 PM

cannot underestimate the importance of med withdrawal to this tragedy. SSRI's are NOT what Big Pharma cranks them up to be.
anyone looking for "why's" would be wise to start w/the meds. He is not the first to go berserk and with SSRI's like candy in America, most likely he's not the last.
posted by jeffrey on February 15, 2008 6:26 PM

I believe it about the meds. What I don't understand is why do some people (I think most) try to commit suicide while others lash out like Steve did?

Come to think of it..he did take himself out to but the fact remains he couldn't go without taking
others. I just don't understand.
posted by Martin on February 16, 2008 12:57 AM

Do we know the name of the priests who molested him while he was a Roman Catholic altarboy?
posted by Will on February 16, 2008 5:41 AM


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