Source: The Daily Telegraph
Steven Kazmierczak, at 27, looked like an average schoolboy – except that his arms were covered with disturbing images, including a doll from the horror movie Saw. Professors and students knew him as a bright, helpful scholar, but his past included a stint in a mental health centre. Kazmierczak allegedly had three tattoos done in recent months – one a skull being stabbed with a knife and another of the Saw character.
Kazmierczak had a history of mental illness; his behavior had become erratic recently after he stopped taking his medication, said Donald Grady, the university Police Chief. A former employee at the Thresholds-Mary Hill House (psychiatric center) stated that Kazmierczak used to cut himself, and was once a patient there.
Kazmierczak had purchased weapons legally from a Champaign gun store – a Remington shotgun, Glock 9mm, Hi-Point .380, and a Sig Sauer. He had no criminal record, so a background check had cleared. Kazmierczak also had a state firearms owners identification card.