Appalachian School of Law Shootings

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Thu, 17 Jan 2002


Daily Post (Liverpool)

FOUR students overpowered a gunman who went on a shooting spree at their US college last night, killing three people in what a doctor described as “executions”.

The four students tackled the man who was armed with a .38 pistol and managed to hold him until police arrived at the Appalachian School of Law, in Grundy, Virginia. He had already shot and killed three people, including the dean of the college and one of the professors, and left three female students critically injured.

The doctor who was the first medical worker on the scene said the dean of the school, Anthony Sutin, had been “executed” with shots to the head, and another member of staff had been shot in the back as he lay on the ground.

“It appears as though some of these shots were after one professor was down and they were shot at point blank range, ” said Dr Jack Briggs.

The doctor said the gunman was a foreign exchange student whom he had treated for stress and had been on the point of being told to leave the law school.

“This student was a foreign student who had had difficulty. He flunked out of school last year.

“He was given another chance but this was the end of the first semester. I believe that the dean was about to tell him that he would have to leave.”

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