A shooter has opened gunfire at the Champaign campus of popular American university, Illinois University, with 9 people reportedly dead.

This is the latest in a string of violence in the United States that has seen no less than 4 people shot dead at a mall in Burlington, Washington, just yesterday and a mass stabbing reported near a university campus in Boston.

Twitter handle Illini-Alert, dedicated to sending out warning alerts during incidents of high risk, tweeted 3 hours ago that shots had been fired in the Champaign area and that the shooter had likely left the area.

According to a report by RT, this was confirmed by the police.

The shooting is said to have taken place outside a post office and although, initial reports claimed that there were no reported casualties, subsequent reports have since placed the casualty numbers at ‘up to nine.’ This number has not been confirmed by local authorities.

A video shared by Kathryn Lawlor who witnessed the shooting, captures her shock at the exact moment the shots first rang out while she was snapchatting.

See the video:

The police are currently investigating the shooting.

More details later…

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