Student guns down vice-principal in Pakistan
Rawalpindi: A possibly "depressed" student of a Pakistani university in Rawalpindi today went on a shooting spree and gunned down the vice principal of the institution at point-blank range.
Khurram Shahzad, a final year student at the Riphah International University (RIU) shot dead Vice Principal Brig (Retd) Sanaullah early in the morning.
Shahzad managed to smuggle the weapon into the premises without being noticed by security guards. He proceeded to enter different departments on campus and fired four shots in total, The Express Tribune daily reported.
Shahzad also fired shots at other teachers and security guards, however, the vice principal was shot at point blank range and died on the spot. The body has been taken away for autopsy.
The accused has been taken into custody and is being interrogated by police.
A member of the university's HR department said that Shahzad had been enrolled since 2002, and had repeated his fourth year four times.
He had earlier been expelled by the administration, but was enrolled once again after his parents pleaded with university authorities to allow him to continue his studies.
RIU authorities said that Shahzad was suffering from depression, and had attempted suicide in the past, adding that his mental state was "questionable".