|Appalachian School of Law Shootings|
Thu, 17 Jan 2002
A law school student upset about his grades went on a shooting spree yesterday, killing three people and critically wounding three others before he was wrestled to the ground by students, officials said.
The victims included the dean of the Appalachian School of Law and a professor who were gunned down in their offices. The third person slain was a student, said Ellen Qualls, a spokeswoman for Gov. Mark Warner.
“When I got there, there were bodies lying everywhere,” said Dr. Jack Briggs, who has a private practice one kilometre from the school in this tiny western Virginia community.
Briggs said he had treated the suspect in the past year. He described the gunman as a Nigerian in his early 40s who had flunked out last year and been allowed to return.
“I think they were getting ready to tell him that he had not made the grade this year,” Briggs said.
Dean L. Anthony Sutin and the professor were “executed” in their offices, Briggs said.
He said the gunman then went downstairs into a common area and opened fire on a crowd of students, killing one and wounding three others. He was tackled by four male students as he left the building.
“They just wanted the guy,” Briggs said. “They weren’t worried about their own personal safety.”
Other details were not immediately available, but Qualls said the weapon used was a .380-calibre semiautomatic handgun.
The three wounded students were in critical condition.