Gunman in religious college shooting identified
Authorities have identified the gunman in a seemingly random shooting that killed seven adults and injured three more at a small religious college in Oakland Monday morning.
One Goh, 43, a Korean national who police say was a former student at Oikos University is in custody and will be interviewed Monday night, but has not yet been charged, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said at press conference.
Jordan said Goh was in a classroom when he stood up and sprayed shots across the room. Using a handgun, he also fired shots outside the room and police say about 35 people were on or near the campus at the time the rampage broke out.
“There were several people hiding behind locked doors,” Jordan said.
Eventually Goh commandeered a car before surrendering to police in Alameda. The details of his escape and surrender were not shared by police.
Jordan said all the victims were adults. Five were pronounced dead at the scene, and the other two were pronounced dead later at the hospital.
Timothy Yi, pastor at the Hayward Korean Baptist Church, arrived in search of information about a member of his flock, Lydia Sim, 21, who was enrolled at the college. “We tried to call her and she didn’t answer,” Yi told The Times. He added, “I’m kind of shocked.”
Police officers held up a large white tarp to shield the work of coroner's officials as they moved the bodies of victims from a wide grassy median into a van. Strips of bright yellow crime scene tape cordoned off the area, keeping onlookers a block away.
Larry Reid, Oakland’s City Council president who represents the part of the city where the college is located, expressed deep sorrow over the day’s “senseless violence … by an individual who has a gun and isn’t afraid to use it.”
“It’s just another sad day in my city,” Reid said.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said city officials spent the day reaching out to community members with support services. But she said, “There are still a lot of questions remaining.”
Authorities have not released any information about the gunman or a possible motive. School officials told local media that the suspect taken into custody may have been a former student who was expelled or had dropped out.
According to its website, Oikos University is a Christian university "established specifically to serve the community of Northern California in general and San Francisco and Oakland areas in particular." The school is not far from Oakland International Airport and the Oakland Coliseum.
--Maria L. LaGanga in Oakland and Matt Stevens in Los Angeles