Appalachian School of Law Shootings

You can see the part of each story below that mentions how Peter O. was captured here, while an index is here

Thu, 17 Jan 2002

NBC’s Today show, 7:00 AM

Today (7:00 AM ET) - NBC

MATT LAUER, co-host:

Good morning. Death on campus. A 43-year-old law student is in custody in Virginia after going on a shooting rampage killing three and wounding three others before he was captured. The stunned community at Appalachian Law School holds a memorial service for the victims today, Thursday, January 17th, 2002.

Announcer: From NBC News, this is TODAY, with Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, live from Studio 1A in Rockefeller Plaza.

LAUER: And welcome to TODAY on a Thursday morning. I’m Matt Lauer.

KATIE COURIC, co-host:

And I’m Katie Couric. Killed in this rampage, the dean of the school, a professor and a student. It’s just a terrible story.

LAUER: It really is. Apparently the gunman failed to make the grade last year and was allowed to come back this year, but he was suspended again for low marks and was on campus to discuss that with school officials. We’ll have details on the story from the newsdesk in a moment, and then we’ll talk to one of the students who helped to subdue the shooter.

Then we’ll talk about airport security. It is supposed to get much tighter tomorrow. That’s when airlines will be required to screen all baggage, the deadline set by the Airline Security Law passed after the September 11th attacks. But will the system be ready? And what about delays? We’ll talk to the transportation secretary, Norman Mineta, about that.

COURIC: And if you’ve been frustrated with long waits at the doctor’s office, how would you like your doctor on call for you all the time? Well, if you can cough up the money, you can take advantage of the newest trend, luxury medical care. We’re going to be talking with two doctors setting up this new boutique form of medicine. Plus, the curse of the cover, why one magazine is breaking with tradition and did not put a famous face on its cover. The question is, will the jinx be broken?

LAUER: Remember the miniseries “Roots?”

COURIC: Of course, I do. I sure do.

LAUER: A full week that stopped this nation 25 years ago, hard to believe. We’re going to look back at the groundbreaking television drama, and we’ll talk to one of the stars about its legacy.

COURIC: We’ll also show you the latest in workout clothes. They’re not just for the gym anymore. And I’ve got two scary words for you ladies, flash dance.

LAUER: Oh! All right, before we get to that, let’s head over to the newsdesk. Ann Curry has the overnight developments.

ANN CURRY, anchor:

All right, thanks a lot, Matt and Katie. Good morning.

Good morning, everybody.

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