Cops ID college shooting suspect as One Goh, 43
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 43-year-old former student of a small Christian university in California opened fire at the school Monday, killing at least seven people and setting off an intense, chaotic manhunt ending with his capture at a nearby shopping center, authorities said.
Police Chief Howard Jordan said One L. Goh is in custody after he surrendered about an hour after the shooting at Oikos University, which also wounded three. Jordan said police have recovered the weapon they believe he used during the rampage.
“It’s going to take us a few days to put the pieces together,” Jordan said. “We do not have a motive.”
Jordan said there were about 35 people in or near the building when gunfire broke out Monday morning. Of the seven fatalities, five died at the scene and another two at the hospital. Three wounded victims are in stable condition, he said.
“This unprecedented tragedy was shocking and senseless,” Jordan said.
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.
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 the gunman shot out the glass in the door.
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 could be seen being loaded into a van.
Those connected to the school, including the founder and several students, described the gunman as a former nursing student. The chief said Goh is a Korean national and a former student of the university.
At Highland Hospital, Dawinder Kaur’s family told the Oakland Tribune that she was being treated for a gunshot to her elbow.
The U.S. Army Reservist told her family that that the gunman was a student in her nursing class who had been absent for months before returning Monday. The gunman entered the classroom and ordered students to line up against the wall.
When he showed his gun, students began running and he opened fire, her family said.
“She told me that a guy went crazy and she got shot,” brother Paul Singh told the newspaper. “She was running. She was crying; she was bleeding, it was wrong.”
The suspect was detained at a Safeway supermarket about three miles from the university, about an hour after the shooting.
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.
“He didn’t look like he had a sign of relief on him,” said Lisa Resler, who was buying fruit at Safeway with her 4-year-old daughter when she saw the man. “He didn’t look like he had much of any emotion on his face.”
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.
University accountant Jerry Sung 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 [feel] more comfortable if they had Korean-American professors.”
Associated Press writers Louise Chu, Garance Burke, Marcus Wohlsen and Paul Elias contributed to this report.