Appalachian School of Law Shootings

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Wed, 16 Jan 2002

Interview with Tim Baylor

Judy Woodruff
CNN Live Today 10:00


JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: We now have the first pictures coming in from southwest Virginia, where a gunman has killed three people and wounded three others during a shooting spree at the Appalachian School of Law.

The dean of the school was among those killed. The dean, named L. Anthony Sutton, was a former acting assistant U.S. attorney general, and we are told he was also chief counsel for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.

The gunman who was identified as a fellow student now is in state police custody after he was tackled by other students. Joining us now on the telephone is a spokesman for the Wellmont Health Systems, which runs the two hospitals where’s the three who were wounded are being treated.

Tim Baylor is joining us. Tim, are you there on the phone?


WOODRUFF: Tell us about the condition of the three?

BAYLOR: There were three patients that were transferred from Grundy to on two hospitals in the Wellmont system. Two patients were transferred to Wellmont (UNINTELLIGIBLE) Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. One patient is currently in surgery and the second is listed in fair condition. The third patient was transferred to Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tennessee. And that patient is also currently in surgery.

WOODRUFF: So, Can you tell us anything about the injury or the injuries to those who are in surgery? You said the second person is in fair condition?

BAYLOR: Correct. That’s right. We do not know condition the yet of those in surgery. We are still waiting to have more information on our end as well.

WOODRUFF: And do you know anything about how many times they were shot or where they were shot?

BAYLOR: No, I don’t.

WOODRUFF: Anything to identify them?

BAYLOR: No. I can tell you that all three were female, but I cannot—don’t have names to give you at this time.

WOODRUFF: You don’t know if they were students or faculty or something else?

BAYLOR: I believe all three were students.

WOODRUFF: All three were students. All right. Tim Baylor is a spokesman for the Wellmont Health Systems, which as you heard him say, runs two hospitals, one in Kingsport, Tennessee, the other one in Bristol, Tennessee. And at these hospitals the three who were wounded in this shooting incident are being treated.

You heard him say one person in fair condition, the other two in surgery. We don’t know much more than that. He did say all three are women. Beyond that we know that three people were killed in the shooting spree at the Appalachian School of Law. Among those dead: The dean of the school who’s name is L. Anthony Sutton. As soon as we get more information we will bring it to you. TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT

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