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6 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Christian college in Oakland

April 2, 2012 |  2:00 pm

6 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Christian college in Oakland

Six people were killed and three wounded Monday when a gunman opened fire at a small religious college in Oakland.

Oakland City Councilman Larry Reid, who represents the area, told The Times he was informed about the casualties by Oakland police officials, who plan a 2 p.m. news conference.

A school official said the alleged gunman had been a nursing student at the college.

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Pastor Jong Kim, who founded Oikos University about 10 years ago, told the Oakland Tribune he was unsure if the alleged shooter had been expelled from the school or dropped out voluntarily. He said he heard about 30 gunshots while remaining in his office for safety.

Lucas Garcia, a teacher at the school, told KGO-TV he heard a half-dozen shots in the middle of a  lesson before someone yelled that a someone had a gun. Garcia said there are a little more than 100 students enrolled at the university, but not all were on campus at the time. He said the school teaches the Bible, nursing and English.

“It’s a small school,” he told KGO-TV.

Police arrested the suspect several miles away in Alameda at a shopping center Monday afternoon.

Authorities had described the gunman as an Asian man with a heavy build and wearing khaki clothing.  

According to its website, Oikos University is a Christian university that "was 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.

Dramatic live television footage showed officers swarming around the small Christian university, with some appearing to enter the main building. Some civilians were seen being rushed from the building and into police vehicles.


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-- Maria L. LaGanga in Oakland and Matt Stevens in Los Angeles

Photo: Bodies are covered on the grass Monday as Oakland police work near Oikos University in Oakland. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press