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College shooting suspect had 'anger management' issues, police say

April 4, 2012 |  5:52 am

One L. Goh

A portrait began to emerge of a troubled man who is accused of killing seven people at a small Oakland college.

One L. Goh, 43,  had been expelled from Oikos University this year "for behavioral problems, anger management," Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters Tuesday. Goh had been teased for his broken English, and he felt bullied and angry, Jordan said.

He arrived at the campus in an industrial section of east Oakland on Monday morning looking for a certain administrator, officials said, but when he couldn't find her, he grabbed a secretary and headed to a classroom.

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He allegedly ordered the students inside to line up against the wall. When some refused, he opened fire, officials said. He had time during the rampage, authorities believe, to reload and continue shooting.

Six women and one man were killed. They ranged in age from 21 to 53 and were from South Korea, Nigeria, Nepal and the Philippines, largely immigrant students learning English, nursing, theology and Asian medicine. The secretary, Jordan said, was Goh's first victim.

"We don't believe that any of the victims were the ones that teased him," Jordan said. "We believed he stopped [shooting] because people were able to use the phone. He could have heard people calling 911."

Goh had yet to be charged Tuesday. He was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

In response to the shooting spree, the neighborhood around the school was sealed off for five hours. Goh has told police, more or less, where he threw the handgun used in the attack, and officers were on the shore of the Oakland Estuary with two police boats and a robotic sonar device looking for the weapon Tuesday, said Officer Johnna Watson, the Oakland police spokeswoman.

"The suspect has been cooperative in certain areas," Watson said. But, she added, "he has not shown any signs of remorse for his actions yesterday, shooting 10 people, seven deceased."

H.Y. Kim said she was in her English class on campus Monday morning, along with nearly 20 other students, when they heard a woman's scream, then rapid gunfire. Her instructor yelled for the students to run, and they scattered, terrified, heading for the rear parking lot.

Kim got in her car, hit the gas and did not look back.

Bhutia Tshering, 38, a Buddhist who worked nights as a janitor at San Francisco International Airport, was apparently Goh's last victim. The nursing student, who came from the Indian state of Sikkim near the Himalaya Mountains and lived in San Francisco, was killed when the gunman stole his car to make a getaway, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Tshering was one of six victims identified Tuesday by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office Coroner's Bureau. Identification of the seventh has been withheld pending identification of next of kin. The other victims are Judith O. Seymore, 53, of San Jose; Lydia H. Sim, 21, of Hayward; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; Kim G. Eunhea, 23, of Union City; and Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro.

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Photo: Slaying suspect One L. Goh, 43, had been expelled from Oikos University in Oakland this year "for behavioral problems, anger management," Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters Tuesday. Goh had been teased for his broken English, and he felt bullied and angry, Jordan said. Credit: Alameda County Sheriff's Department

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