Oakland college official thought gunman's issues were resolved
Days after a mass slaying shook Oikos University in Oakland, a school executive said that before the attack he had had three long meetings with the alleged gunman to negotiate a tuition reimbursement and believed that issues had been resolved and the student would return to the school.
Instead, authorities say, One Goh, 43, returned to campus Monday and killed seven people –- at one point lining up victims in a classroom before gunning them down.
Oikos University Chief Operating Officer Jaehoon Moon told KGO-TV on Friday that the school had three long meetings with Goh to discuss a tuition reimbursement of $4,000 to $6,000. At the second meeting, Moon said, Goh became angry, complaining about his classmates and how he didn't get along with them.
Moon said the school offered to transfer Goh to a different class, and believed that after the third meeting with the student the issue had been resolved.
"I wish we could have done more," Moon told the station.
Meanwhile, law enforcement officials said Friday that they have located the .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun they believe was used in the shooting rampage.
The gun’s serial number matches that of a weapon purchased by Goh earlier this year in California, police said in a statement. The gun was found at 5:30 a.m. in a waterway less than a mile from the East Oakland school.
The weapon still needs to be tested to confirm if it was the gun used in the murders.
Prosecutors have said that Goh admitted to police that he took the handgun and four fully loaded magazines of ammunition to the campus, kidnapped one woman and shot several people before fleeing in a victim's car.
The South Korean national was later charged with seven counts of murder — all with special circumstances — and three counts of attempted murder. Alameda County Dist. Atty. Nancy O'Malley said her office is still considering whether to seek the death penalty.
-- Matt Stevens and Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco
Photo: The scene earlier this week outside Oikos University in Oakland, where a gunman shot and killed seven people. Credit: Jonathan Gibby / Getty Images