|Appalachian School of Law Shootings|
Fri, 18 Jan 2002
THE law student accused of killing his dean, his professor and a classmate appeared in court yesterday, and announced: “I’m sick and I need help.”
Peter Odighizuwa shuffled into a district court in Grundy, Virginia, in leg chains, surrounded by police officers. Hiding his face behind his arrest warrant, Odighizuwa told Judge Patrick Johnson: “I was supposed to see my doctor. He was supposed to help me out. I don’t have my medication.”
As he was led in, he told reporters: “I was sick, I was sick. I need help.”
Odighizuwa had been kicked out of the Appalachian School of Law for failing exams. But the 43-year-old naturalised US citizen from Nigeria, returned on Wednesday to talk to his dean, L. Anthony Sutin.
In the office, he shot Sutin and Professor Thomas Blackwell with a .380 -calibre pistol.
He then went downstairs to a common area and opened fire. Student Angela Dales, 33, was killed in the attack. Three other students were injured.
Students ended the rampage by confronting and then tackling the gunman, who dropped his weapon.
School financial officer Chris Clifton said: “He was angry. He thought he was being treated unfairly.”