Resulting in 54 Killed
And 105 Wounded
* Dekalb, Illinois – February 14, 2008: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot and
killed five people and wounded 16 others before killing himself in a Northern
Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been
taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had
trace amount of Xanax in his system.
* Omaha, Nebraska – December 5, 2007: 19-year-old Robert Hawkins killed
eight people and wounded five before committing suicide in an Omaha mall.
Hawkins’ friend told CNN that the gunman was on antidepressants, and autopsy
results confirmed he was under the influence of the “anti-anxiety” drug Valium.
* Jokela, Finland – November 7, 2007: 18-year-old Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric
Auvinen had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and
wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School in southern Finland, then
* Cleveland, Ohio – October 10, 2007: 14-year-old Asa Coon stormed through
his school with a gun in each hand, shooting and wounding four before taking
his own life. Court records show Coon had been placed on the antidepressant
* Blacksburg, Virginia – April 16, 2007: The psychiatric drug history of Seung-Hui
Cho in the Virginia Tech Massacre was never made public. Initial reports stated
that “depression medication” was found among Cho’s belongings. But neither
his toxicology reports, nor his recent medical history were ever released to find
out whether Cho had been in withdrawal from psychiatric medication. (33 were
killed and 29 injured, but this was not included in the total of dead and wounded
* Red Lake, Minnesota – March 2005: 16-year-old Jeff Weise, on Prozac, shot
and killed his grandparents, then went to his school on the Red Lake Indian
Reservation where he shot dead 7 students and a teacher, and wounded 7
before killing himself.
* Greenbush, New York – February 2004: 16-year-old Jon Romano strolled into
his high school in east Greenbush and opened fire with a shotgun. Special
education teacher Michael Bennett was hit in the leg. Romano had been taking
“medication for depression”.
* El Cajon, California – March 22, 2001: 18-year-old Jason Hoffman, on the
antidepressants Celexa and Effexor, opened fire on his classmates, wounding
three students and two teachers at Granite Hills High School.
* Williamsport, Pennsylvania – March 7, 2000: 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was
taking the antidepressant Prozac when she shot at fellow students, wounding
* Conyers, Georgia – May 20, 1999: 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated
with antidepressants when he opened fire on and wounded six of his classmates.
* Columbine, Colorado – April 20, 1999: 18-year-old Eric Harris and his
accomplice, Dylan Klebold, killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 26
others before killing themselves. Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox.
Klebold’s autopsy reports were never released.
* Notus, Idaho – April 16, 1999: 15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun
rounds in his school, narrowly missing students. He was taking a prescribed
SSRI antidepressant and Ritalin.
* Springfield, Oregon – May 21, 1998: 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his
parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on students in the
cafeteria, killing two and wounding 22. Kinkel had been taking the