A Pennsylvania law school student believed his two neighbors of Indian descent were terrorists, so he shot at their door with his Glock pistol, police told the Philadelphia Daily News.
Joseph Cho, 31, a law student at the University of Pennsylvania, is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, trespassing and vandalism, police said.
Cho, a Yale University graduate, went to his neighbors' apartment at 12:30 p.m. and banged on the door. When they didn't answer, Cho used his legal Glock-9 pistol to shoot rounds into the door's lock.
He was later arrested by police.
The two victims of the attack are students of bio-engineering at Drexel University.
Cho's lawyer, Peter Bowers, said the attack "appears to have been a mental health or emotional issue."
Authorities "need to do appropriate mental health evaluations," he added.
Cho is still awaiting arraignment for his alleged role in the assault.
"It is a bizarre case that we are investigating,"said Lt. John Walker with Southwest Detectives. "You would think he would be more tolerant and more understanding to different cultures of people" due to his educational background.
Yesterday, the school's Provost Ron Daniels sent a memo stating that "the student has been temporarily suspended from the law school. The matter will be reported to the Law School's Committee on Student Conduct and Responsibility for its consideration."
Cho enlisted in the Army after the Sept. 11 attacks and served for three years after which he was given an honorable discharge, said Bowers.