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Death toll rises to 7 in Oakland religious school shooting

April 2, 2012 |  3:08 pm

Bodies are covered on the grass Monday as Oakland police work near Oikos University in Oakland.
The death toll rose to seven in a mass shooting Monday at a small religious college in Oakland.

Oakland police said a suspect was in custody, and a school official said the alleged gunman had been a nursing student at the college.

Several other people at the school were injured.

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Police did not release any motive for the attack.

Pastor Jong Kim, who founded Oikos University about 10 years ago, told the Oakland Tribune he was unsure if the suspect had been expelled from the school or had dropped out. 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 half a dozen shots while in the middle of a lesson before someone yelled that someone had a gun. Garcia said the school's enrollment is a little over 100 but not all students 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 at an Alameda 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 "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 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