The two reasons that the "mainstream media" failed to cover this story like they covered the story about WHITE students doing a similar thing in Littleton, Colorado:
The "mainstream media" made almost NO mention of the race of the shooter, or of the fact that a gun [oooh] was used to stop him from killing even more people.
Thursday January 17 7:58 PM ET
Accused College Shooter Says He's Sick
By CHRIS KAHN, Associated Press Writer
GRUNDY, Va. (AP) - The expelled law school student accused of killing his dean and two others in a campus shooting spree was so paranoid and prone to outbursts that at least one classmate said he saw the violence coming.
At Thursday's arraignment on three counts of capital murder, Peter Odighizuwa, 43, told the judge he was sick and needed help.
``I was supposed to see my doctor,'' Odighizuwa said, hiding his face behind a green arrest warrant. ``He was supposed to help me out ... I don't have my medication.''
Police say Odighizuwa opened fire with a handgun at the Appalachian School of Law on Wednesday, a day after he was dismissed from the school for a second time.
Dean L. Anthony Sutin and Professor Thomas Blackwell were slain in their offices and student Angela Dales, 33, died later at a hospital. Three other students were wounded.
Prosecutor Sheila Tolliver said she will seek the death penalty.
Odighizuwa also faces three counts of attempted capital murder and six weapons charges. A few minutes before his arraignment, Odighizuwa told reporters as he was led into the courtroom, ``I was sick, I was sick. I need help.''
Police said Odighizuwa was evaluated and given medication in jail, but declined to identify the drug.
On Thursday, students wept in small, shivering circles, many of them wondering about the classmate who always seemed aloof and was prone to vulgar outbursts.
Kenneth Brown, 28, said his friends always joked that Odighizuwa was one of those guys who would finally crack and bring a gun to school.
``He was kind of off-balance,'' Brown said. ``When we met last year, he actually came up and shook my hand and asked my name. Then, like five minutes later he came back and said, 'You know I'm not crazy, but people tick me off sometimes.' Out of the blue.''
Zeke Jackson, 40, said he stopped trying to recruit Odighizuwa for the school's Black Law Students' Association after Odighizuwa sent the dean a letter complaining that Jackson was harassing him.
``I knew he'd do something like this,'' Jackson said.
Odighizuwa was arrested on Aug. 15 for allegedly assaulting his wife. The police report said he hit her in the face, bruising her right eye.
Police said Odighizuwa repeatedly approached them with concerns about people breaking into his house on the outskirts of this small town in western Virginia.
Chief Deputy Randall Ashby said Odighizuwa told police last year that someone placed a bullet in a stairway at his home. Three months ago, he complained again that his home has been broken into.
``Both times my deputies checked it out and found nothing,'' Ashby said.
Odighizuwa also regularly visited the sheriff's office to nitpick with deputies over the wording of the police reports he'd filed, Ashby said.
Despite Odighizuwa's problems, the dean and others tried to help him through school. Last year, Sutin raised enough money to buy Odighizuwa a used car, clothes and food, according to students and staff.
Chris Clifton, the school's financial aid officer, said Sutin also helped get Odighizuwa a $19,000 loan last fall.
``That's what doesn't make sense,'' said Mary Kilpatrick, a third-year student, wondering aloud why Odighizuwa would kill the dean. ``He's the one who allowed him to stay here.''
Odighizuwa, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria, had been struggling in school for more than a year and had been dismissed before. His grades were poor again last semester, and school officials told Odighizuwa on Tuesday that they were flunking him.
``I don't think Peter knew at this time that it was going to be permanent and final,'' said Clifton, the financial aid officer. ``He slung his chair across the room and slammed the door.''
The next day, after the rampage, witnesses say Odighizuwa left the building, dropped a gun and was tackled by several students.
After a tearful memorial service at Grundy Baptist Church, hundreds of people gathered to place flowers at the base of the school's stone sign, under an American flag flying at half-staff.
``We feel in our hearts the deepest pain,'' said Rabbi Stanley Funston of a synagogue in Bluefield, W.Va., that Sutin attended during the holidays.
Students Tackle Gunman in Law School
By CHRIS KAHN, Associated Press Writer
GRUNDY, Va. (AP) - Tracy Bridges didn't have much time to think when he saw Peter Odighizuwa on the front lawn of the Appalachian School of Law moments after he allegedly went on a killing spree.
``I just reacted,'' said Bridges, a student and sheriff's deputy who tackled Odighizuwa with classmates Todd Ross and Ted Besen after the Wednesday shootings.
The three men pinned Odighizuwa to the ground, and Bridges handcuffed the man's arms behind his back.
Odighizuwa, 42, a former student who was dismissed on Tuesday for bad grades, is accused of shooting and killing Dean L. Anthony Sutin, Professor Thomas Blackwell and student Angela Dales.
As screaming students started climbing out of windows, Bridges and Besen said their police and military training took over.
``I'm a former Marine, former police officer,'' said Besen, 37. ``Who better to do that? I'm trained to do that. I'm not going to let him shoot anyone else if I could.''
Odighizuwa, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Grundy General District Court on capital murder charges.
Chris Clifton, the school's financial officer, said he met with Odighizuwa on Tuesday afternoon along with other school officials to notify him that he was being permanently dismissed for poor grades. Odighizuwa had flunked out and then was readmitted a year before.
On Wednesday, Odighizuwa stopped in the office of professor Dale Rubin to talk about his grades and as he left reportedly asked Rubin to pray for him, police said. He then walked to Sutin's and Blackwell's offices and shot them with a .380-caliber pistol, State Police spokesman Mike Stater said. Blackwell had taught contract law to Odighizuwa.
``There were three quick shots, then we heard, I think, three more,'' said Bridges, 25.
Bridges and Besen, a former police officer from Wilmington, N.C., crept down a back stairwell to the parking lot, and Bridges got his gun out of the car.
Odighizuwa had walked outside and stood with a confused look on his face, Bridges said.
``I planned on blindsiding him from behind,'' Besen said. ``He sat the weapon down and raised his hands up in the air. I didn't know if he was praying.''
Besen said he ran toward Odighizuwa and told him to get on the ground.
``He kind of came at me. He swung and hit me in the jaw,'' Besen said.
Once pinned down, he kept shouting, ``I have nowhere to go. I have nowhere to go.'''