Appalachian School of Law Shootings

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Fri, 18 Jan 2002



A LAW student who is accused of killing his college dean, a professor and another student told a judge yesterday that he is sick and needs help.

Peter Odighizuwa shuffled into Virginia’s Buchanan County Court in leg chains, surrounded by policemen.

Hiding his face behind his green 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.”

Odighizuwa, a 43-year-old naturalised American from Nigeria, went to the Appalachian School of Law yesterday to talk to his dean, Anthony Sutin, about his dismissal for failing grades, officials said.

He shot Sutin and professor Thomas Blackwell, who taught him, with a pistol, authorities and students said.

He then went to a commons area and opened fire at students, killing Angela Dales, 33, and injuring three others.

Students ended the rampage by tackling him

“He was angry. He thought he was being treated unfairly, and he wanted to see his transcript,” said Chris Clifton, the school’s financial aid officer.

“I don’t think Peter knew, at this time, that his dismissal was going to be permanent and final.”

Odighizuwa said, as he was led into the courtroom, “I was sick, I was sick. I need help.”

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