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'Multiple fatalities' in Oakland religious school shooting

April 2, 2012 | 12:27 pm

'Multiple fatalities' in Oakland religious school shooting

Oakland police said there were "multiple fatalities" after a gunman opened fire at an Oakland religious nursing college.

Officials at a news conference said the gunman came into the college and fired multiple shots just after 10 a.m. They did not say how many people were hit.

Officials said they don't know if the gunman is inside the campus or fled the scene. SWAT officials were still evacuating students, according to Officer Joanna Watson.

Oakland police announced that the suspect is an Asian man with a heavy build and wearing khaki clothing. Officials also urged the public to avoid the area.

Dramatic live television footage showed officer 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.

The shootings occurred at Oikos University, which according to its website 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."


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— Matt Stevens

Photo: An unknown number of bodies lay covered in the street median in front of Oikos University. Credit: Peter DaSilva /EPA