Oakland college shooting: Suspect lost mother, brother last year
This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
The suspected gunman in a shooting rampage at a small Oakland college is a former resident of Virginia who lost both his mother and brother in 2011.
Virginia court records obtained by The Times show multiple infractions and misdemeanors by One L. Goh, 43, who is suspected of killing seven people and wounding three Monday at Oikos University. The infractions include failing to stop before entering a highway and improperly stopping on the highway.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Goh lived in Springfield and Hayes, Va., had a string of debts, and was evicted from one apartment complex. The paper also reports that Goh recently lost family members.
His brother, U.S. Army Sgt. Su Wan Ko, died in March 2011 in an auto wreck in Virginia while on special forces training. His mother, Oak Chul Kim, died last year in Seoul, after leaving Oakland, according to her former neighbors.
And his father, Young Nam Ko, had been living in Oakland but recently moved, the neighbors said. Authorities and witnesses described the alleged gunman as calmly spraying bullets around a classroom at Oikos just after 10 a.m. Monday.
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 building at the time. Many locked their 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.
The rampage unfolded on live television in the Bay Area, which included aerial shots of SWAT officers roaming the campus in an industrial area near Oakland International Airport. The video showed officers carrying wounded people out and the grim scene of bodies covered by blankets.
Goh was arrested about an hour after the shooting at an Alameda shopping center a few miles away. Five people died at the school. Two others succumbed after being taken to hospitals. The three injured 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.”
Calling it “a terrible tragedy” for the city and, in particular its Korean community, Mayor Jean Quan said the shooting “will leave the [Korean] community asking questions for a long time.... I hope we will put our arms around this group of people and these families and try to bring peace back to this city.”
Authorities did not release the names of the dead. The school was said to be searching for Korean-speaking counselors to offer grief counseling for students and faculty. A memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Korean Methodist Church in Oakland.
[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.]
-- Maria LaGanga in Oakland, and Joel Rubin and Matt Stevens in Los Angeles