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    Nigerian Kills 3 in the US

    (Friday, January 18, 2002)

    By Chief Charles O. Okereke, Nigeria Masterweb

    Peter OdighizuwaThe Appalachian School of Law
                Peter Odighizuwa                         Appalachian School of Law

    Grundy, Virginia, U.S.A. In Grundy Virginia on Wednesday, a Nigerian, Peter Odighizuwa went on a wild shooting spree killing three people and critically wounding three others at Appalachian School of Law. Forty three(43) year old Peter Odighizuwa had been dismissed from the school on Tuesday for the second time. According to reports, he was upset about his failing grades and dismissal. He was subdued by school officials and other students as he was mowing people down. Those killed were L. Anthony Sutin, the dean of the law school , Professor Thomas Blackwell, and a student, Angela Dales. The weapon used was a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun. The three wounded students were taken to Buchanan General Hospital, and are in critical condition.

    Dr. Jack Briggs, who has a private practice in town had treated the suspect in the past year for depression. It has been gathered Odighizuwa had a history of mental instability that the school was aware of. Odighizuwa, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria, had been struggling with his classes and grades in school. He was dismissed from school for the second time on Tuesday. It is not certain whether it was the dismissal, or his mental state that pushed him off-board .

    On Thursday Odighizuwa was arraigned in court on three counts of capital murder, three counts of attempted capital murder, and six weapons charges. He told reporters as he was led into the courtroom, "I was sick, I was sick. I need help." In court he told the judge he was sick and needed help, and continued, I quote, "I was supposed to see my doctor. He was supposed to help me out ... I don't have my medication." Prosecution would seek the death penalty according to Sheila Tolliver, the lead prosecutor.

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