Appalachian School of Law Shootings

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Thu, 17 Jan 2002

Three dead, three wounded in US school shooting: report

Agence France Presse

Three people were killed and three others wounded when a foreign-born student, apparently angry over bad grades, opened fire at a law school in southwestern Virginia, a state official said.

The shooter was in police custody after being apprehended by other students at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia after the incident Wednesday afternoon. Confirming the number of victims, a spokeswoman for the governor of Virginia said school dean Anthony Sutin was killed along with a professor and a student. Sutin was a top official in the administration of former president Bill Clinton.

Three wounded students were hospitalized, the spokeswoman, Ellen Qualls, said.

“The suspect was tackled by a group of students,” she said.

The student—whose identity and nationality had not yet been revealed—fired a .38 caliber semi-automatic pistol several times.

Founded in 1997 in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, the school has about 170 students.

It is the second shooting to occur in two days at a US education establishment. On Tuesday, two New York youths were wounded at a high school in Manhattan by an armed student.

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