Appalachian School of Law Shootings

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Thu, 17 Jan 2002


Anna Adams
Daily Record

A LAW student shot dead three people, including the dean of his school, after seeing his exam results.

A lecturer and a student were also killed and three other students were left fighting for their lives. The bloodbath only ended when brave students overpowered the gunman, who has not been named.

Early reports said the killer was a third-year foreign exchange student who was about to be thrown out of the school due to poor grades.

He ran amok with .380 semi-automatic pistol on the campus of the Appalachian Law School in the sleepy US town of Grundy, Virginia, after seeing his exam results posted on a notice board.

The first medic on the scene said the dean, Anthony Sutin, had been “executed” and the lecturer, Tom Blackwell, had been shot in the back as he lay on the ground.

Dr Jack Briggs said: “They were shot at point-blank range. The dean was shot twice in the head. It appears he was executed.”

The doctor said the gunman had flunked out of the school last year but had been given one last chance to make the grade. However, he was still failing.

The doctor added: “The person who did the shooting was a patient of mine. I saw him about six months ago. He was complaining of stress.”

“He was a timebomb waiting to go off.”

The college has around 170 students and was set up in 1997 to help the run -down coal mining area’s economy.

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