|Appalachian School of Law Shootings|
Thu, 17 Jan 2002
A Paducah man said he watched as his friend and former high school classmate was shot by a gunman who killed three at a western Virginia law school on Wednesday, the man’s father said.
Sam Clymer, a student at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va., said he saw Stacey Beans, 22, get wounded by a bullet, Clymer’s dad, McCracken Circuit Judge Craig Clymer, told The Paducah Sun.
Beans was shot in the chest, hospital officials said. She underwent surgery at a Bristol, Tenn., hospital the day of the shooting and was in fair condition on Thursday.
Peter Odighizuwa, 43, a former student at the school, is accused of killing his dean, a professor and another student. Police said he was upset about being expelled from school for failing grades.
Clymer said his son planned to drive to the hospital to see Beans.
“He sounded really depressed about it and wanted to check on Stacey,” Craig Clymer said.
Beans is the stepdaughter of David Wrinkle, an assistant McCracken county attorney.
Attorneys around the McCracken County Courthouse described Beans as a bright and articulate woman who couldn’t wait to become a lawyer. She graduated from Berea College last year.
In high school, Beans was a member of the choir, German club and mock trial team, according to a 1996 school yearbook.
Odighizuwa, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria, went to the law school on Wednesday to talk to his dean, L. Anthony Sutin, about his dismissal for failing grades, officials said. He allegedly shot Sutin and professor Thomas Blackwell, as well as 33-year-old student Angela Dales, officials said.