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A Northwestern University athlete was among the apparent poisonin

May 22, 1988

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ A Northwestern University athlete was among the apparent poisoning victims of a woman who shot a child to death and wounded five others at a suburban Chicago school before killing herself, officials said Saturday.

Greg McCullough was admitted to the University of Michigan Medical Center about 3:30 p.m. Saturday while his team was participating in the Big Ten Track and Field Championships, said Bruce Madej, sports information director for the host University of Michigan.

Tests indicated McCullough, a sophomore from Dallas, suffered a trace of arsenic poisoning, Madej said. McCullough was released later Saturday and joined the Northwestern team at their hotel, the spokesman said.

McCullough reported becoming queasy Friday night after eating snacks left earlier that day at his fraternity house in Evanston, Ill., Madej said.

The fraternity, whose name Madej didn’t know, apparently was one of two at Northwestern where Laurie Dann, 30, had left poisoned snacks shortly before walking into an elementary school in Winnetka, Ill., and opened fire, killing an 8-year-old boy and wounding four other children.

Dann later shot and wounded a 20-year-old man as he wrestled a gun away from her at a nearby home where she holed up before killing herself.

Prior to the rampage, Dann also delivered packaged juices to at least six suburban Chicago homes where she had worked as a babysitter. But investigators said late Saturday that they had not determined whether the drinks contained poison.

Evanston Hospital said it treated and released six people linked to the snacks she delivered to the fraternities.

McCullough was unable to participate Saturday in a preliminary heat of the 100-meter dash at the Big Ten tournament but hoped to compete Sunday, Madej said.

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