Oakland college gunman: 'Chaotic, calculated, determined to kill'
This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan used strong language Tuesday in calling the suspected Oakland college gunman “a very chaotic, calculated, and determined gentleman that came with a specific intent to kill people.”
Jordan said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that One L. Goh, 43, was upset with the administration and students who supposedly mistreated and disrespected him at Oikos University, a small religious college in an industrial part of Oakland.
“He was having, we believe, some behavior problems at the school and was asked to leave several months ago,” he said. “We expect to present the case tomorrow to the D.A.’s office.”
Jordan also revealed new details about Goh’s surrender. He said the suspect called his father from a Safeway market in nearby Alameda, and his father called police. His father, Young Nam Ko, had been living in Oakland but recently moved, the neighbors told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Six of the victims were female, one was male, and they hailed from countries including South Korea, Nigeria and Nepal, according to Jordan. He added that all the victims were students between 21 and 40 years old. He did not name the victims.
By the time the first officers arrived three minutes later, 911 lines were flooded with terrified calls from inside the school’s single-story brick building situated in a business park.
Heavily armed police and rescue personnel swarmed the neighborhood. SWAT units entered the school, where officers hurried many unharmed people to safety and carried victims outside.
Five people died at the scene. Two others succumbed after being taken to hospitals. Three additional people were hurt but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, police said.
“Today was an unprecedented tragedy, shocking and senseless,” Jordan said at a news conference. “No words can express the gravity of this incident.”
Authorities and witnesses described the alleged gunman as calmly spraying bullets around a classroom at Oikos.
“He stood up and began shooting,” Jordan said Monday evening. The gunman then left the classroom and continued his attack. “Shots were fired throughout the building,” the chief added.
About 35 students reportedly were inside the college at the time. Many locked doors when they heard the gunfire and screaming. This made it difficult for authorities to evacuate the school and reach some victims, whose bodies blocked doors, Jordan said.
“We had to force our way into some rooms,” he added.
[For the record, 10:24 a.m. April 3: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to the suspect as One Gon. His name is One Goh.]
-- Matt Stevens, Maria La Ganga and Joel Rubin