Tonight: Electronic Banking Warning

Behind The News
February 15, 2008 1:31:03 PM PST
Another senseless and deadly shooting on a college campus.Tonight, authorities -- and the families of those killed and wounded - are trying to figure out why this former grad student at Northern Illinois University came loaded for bear to campus and opened fire.

And with the violence comes the predictable resumption of the debate over gun control, with each side in the debate claiming the shootings validates their respective positions.

It is illegal to carry guns in the state of Illinois. It is not illegal to buy them.

So gun control advocates say if you make the purchase illegal, that would cut down on shootings.

Anti-control advocates disagree, and go so far as to argue that if everyone were allowed to be armed, the shooter would have been dispatched with post haste during the shooting spree.

And each incident of carnage (there are 32 murder-by-gun cases every day) raises the argument anew, with no one's mind really changed on the issue.

We'll have the latest on the shooting, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're closely following developments in the meat cleaver murder of a Manhattan psychologist. The man police questioned in Coplay, Pennsylvania remains a suspect, although he's no longer in custody. The adult diapers left behind at the psychologist's office were part of a batch that was sold in only five stores -- four of them in New York and New Jersey, and the fifth in Coplay. Just a coincidence? Did someone buy the diapers there to frame this man? Or is he indeed a suspect?

It's quite a murder mystery. But the Columbo aspects of the case cannot and should not overshadow the human side of this story. Therapist Kathryn Faughey was a respected and much-loved professional and friend and wife. Tonight, there's a wake for her. Jeff Pegues is covering the story for us.

And the flu is making news tonight, because the flu season is getting worse. U.S. health officials say part of the reason is the flu vaccine doesn't protect people from most of the flu bugs out there. In fact, the flu shot is good for fighting only about 40% of this year's viruses. What to do? Carolina Leid has our story tonight.

Also at 11, Tappy Phillips with a valuable lesson to anyone who banks electronically. She has the story of a woman in Brooklyn whose nest egg, built up over years, was wiped out in just hours -- BY SOMEONE SHE KNEW!

It could have been all over for the woman, until she got 7 On Your Side.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark, in Florida for spring training, with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER


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