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This post was edited by robert237 at 2012-4-2 17:15|
some of the bodies lie covered outside the school
This just in. Seven Christians murdered in a Christian college by a disgruntled Christian school student.
Naturally it involved easy to get guns in the gun happy USA.
I've been posting daily gun murders in the USA for the past several weeks in the thread
This is today's featured gun murder.
Posted: 11:21 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2012
Seven dead, three wounded in Oakland university shooting
OAKLAND, Calif. — KTVU.com (television website)
Seven people were killed and three others wounded after a disgruntled student walked into a classroom at a small
independent university located near the Oakland airport and opened fire.
Police confirmed that a suspect, identified by several sources as One Goh Ko, was taken in custody in the parking
lot of a shopping mall in nearby Alameda. Sources have told KTVU that Ko walked into a Safeway store and told
someone he had just shot several people.
Alameda police then arrived and took him in without further incident.
"We do believe we have detained an individual responsible for the shooting at the college," Oakland police
spokeswoman Johnna Watson said.
The shooting took place at Oikos University, located at 7850 Edgewater -- in an area of warehouses near the Oakland
International Airport. Sources have told KTVU that Goh had recently been kicked out of a class at the school.
Deborah Lee, 25, a student from China who is studying at Oikos, said she was in an ESL class when she heard four or
five pops that sounded like firecrackers.
She said her teacher left the room to see what was going on, then she heard a person yell, "Someone has a gun!"
Her teacher told the students to run, and everyone ran out of the classroom and left the school.
The Oakland Fire Department said it received the first call of the shooting around 10:50 a.m.
Oakland police have confirmed that seven victims have died and three were wounded in the shooting spree. Several
victims were transported to Highland Hospital for treatment while the bodies of several of the dead covered by
tarps were lined up on the grass in front of the school.
Police said eyewitnesses described the gunman as a male, Asian, heavy build and wearing khaki clothing.
The same story from Associated PressBy TERRY COLLINS | Associated Press – 5 mins ago
7 dead, 3 hurt in Christian school shooting
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A gunman opened fire Monday at a Christian university in California, killing at least seven
people, wounding three more and setting off an intense, chaotic manhunt that ended with his capture at a nearby
shopping center, authorities said.
The gunfire erupted around midmorning at Oikos University. Heavily armed officers swarmed the school in a large
industrial park near the Oakland airport and, for at least an hour, believed the gunman could still be inside.
Tashi Wangchuk, whose wife attended the school and witnessed the shooting, said he was told by police that the
gunman first shot a woman at the front desk, then continued shooting randomly in classrooms.
Wangchuk said his wife, Dechen Wangzom, was in her vocational nursing class when she heard gunshots. She locked
the door and turned off the lights, Wangchuk said he was told by his wife, who was still being questioned by police
The gunman "banged on the door several times and started shooting outside and left," he said. Wangchuk said no one
was hurt inside his wife's classroom, but that the gunman shot out the glass in the door. He said she did not know
"She's a hero," he said.
Television footage showed bloodied victims on stretchers being loaded into ambulances. Several bodies covered in
sheets were laid out on a patch of grass at the school. One body was loaded into a van.
Police spokeswoman Cynthia Perkins said seven people were dead. She did not release any other details about the
Myung Soon Ma, the school's secretary, said she could not provide any details about what happened at the small
private school, which serves the Korean community with courses from theology to Asian medicine.
"I feel really sad, so I cannot talk right now," she said, speaking from her home.
Police believe the shooter acted alone, though they have not discussed a possible motive.
Those connected to the school, including the founder and several students, described the gunman as a former nursing
student, though there were conflicting reports about his current status.
Officer Johnna Watson said the suspect is an Asian male in his 40s and was taken into custody at a shopping center
in the neighboring city of Alameda.
Watson said most of the wounded or dead were shot inside the building. The industrial park in which the school is
located also includes the county food bank and a local Girl Scouts headquarters.
"It's a very fluid situation," Watson said, declining to discuss details of the arrest or a possible motive.
The suspect was detained at a Safeway supermarket about three miles from the university, about an hour after the
A security guard at the supermarket approached the man because he was acting suspiciously, KGO-TV reported. The man
told the guard that he needed to talk to police because he shot people, and the guard called authorities.
"It looked like they stopped him at the door to see if he had anything in his pockets that he had stolen," shopper
Lisa Resler, who witnessed the encounter, told KGO-TV. "There was no fight."
Pastor Jong Kim, who founded the school about 10 years ago, told the Oakland Tribune that he did not know if the
shooter was expelled or dropped out.
Kim said he heard about 30 rapid-fire gunshots in the building. "I stayed in my office," he said.
Deborah Lee, who was in an English language class, said she heard five to six gunshots at first. "The teacher said,
'Run,' and we run," she said. "I was OK, because I know God protects me. I'm not afraid of him."
Angie Johnson told the San Francisco Chronicle that she saw a young woman leave the building with blood coming from
her arm and crying: "I've been shot. I've been shot."
The injured woman said the shooter was a man in her nursing class who got up and shot one person at point-blank
range in the chest before spraying the room with bullets, Johnson said.
"She said he looked crazy all the time," she said the victim told her, "but they never knew how far he would go."
According to its website, Oikos University also offers studies in music and nursing. A telephone message left on
the university's main voicemail was not immediately returned.
Jerry Sung, the university's accountant, said the school offers courses in both Korean and English to less than
100 students. He said the campus consisted of one building. Sung said many of its students went on to work in
nursing and ministry.
"The founder felt there was a need for theology and nursing courses for Korean-Americans who were newer to the
community," Sung said. "He felt they would feed more comfortable if they had Korean-American professors."