Oakland college gunman had problems with women, teacher says
The suspect in a mass school killing had problems “dealing” with women and was "mentally unstable," according to a nursing instructor who had tried to counsel the middle-aged man while he attended Oikos University.
Late Tuesday, friends and family of the seven shooting victims mourned at the at Allen Temple Baptist Church, and some, such as teacher Romie Delariman of San Leandro, recalled details about alleged gunman One Goh.
Delariman told the San Francisco Chronicle that Goh didn't fit in at a college where women make up the vast majority of the nursing faculty and student body.
"He just can't deal with women," Delariman told the paper. "I always advised him, 'You go to school to learn, not to make friends.' "
The instructor added Goh was "mentally unstable." She said he sometimes spoke of violence, saying he had picked fights with people on the street. He also said he carried a gun with him for protection.
The new revelations add to an already troubling portrait of Goh, who authorities say will be arraigned Wednesday after he allegedly ordered the students inside a classroom to line up against the wall. When some refused, officials said Goh opened fire.
Goh had apparently returned to Oikos University to settle a score.
He had been expelled from Oikos this year "for behavioral problems, anger management," Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters Tuesday. Goh had been teased for his broken English, and he felt bullied and angry, Jordan said.
He arrived at the campus in an industrial section of east Oakland on Monday morning looking for a certain administrator, officials said, but when he couldn't find her, he grabbed a secretary and headed to a classroom.
He allegedly ordered the students inside to line up against the wall. When some refused, he opened fire, officials said. He had time during the rampage, authorities believe, to reload and continue shooting.
Six women and one man were killed. They ranged in age from 21 to 53 and were from South Korea, Nigeria, Nepal and the Philippines, largely immigrant students learning English, nursing, theology and Asian medicine. The secretary, Jordan said, was Goh's first victim.
"We don't believe that any of the victims were the ones that teased him," Jordan said. "We believed he stopped [shooting] because people were able to use the phone. He could have heard people calling 911."
In response to the shooting spree, the neighborhood around the school was sealed off for five hours. Goh has told police, more or less, where he threw the handgun used in the attack, and officers were on the shore of the Oakland Estuary with two police boats and a robotic sonar device looking for the weapon Tuesday, said Officer Johnna Watson, the Oakland police spokeswoman.
"The suspect has been cooperative in certain areas," Watson said. But, she added, "he has not shown any signs of remorse for his actions yesterday, shooting 10 people, seven deceased."
H.Y. Kim said she was in her English class on campus Monday morning, along with nearly 20 other students, when they heard a woman's scream, then rapid gunfire. Her instructor yelled for the students to run, and they scattered, terrified, heading for the rear parking lot.
Kim got in her car, hit the gas and did not look back.
Bhutia Tshering, 38, a Buddhist who worked nights as a janitor at San Francisco International Airport, was apparently Goh's last victim. The nursing student, who came from the Indian state of Sikkim near the Himalaya Mountains and lived in San Francisco, was killed when the gunman stole his car to make a getaway, according to the Contra Costa Times.
Tshering was one of six victims identified Tuesday by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office Coroner's Bureau. Identification of the seventh has been withheld pending identification of next of kin. The other victims are Judith O. Seymore, 53, of San Jose; Lydia H. Sim, 21, of Hayward; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; Kim G. Eunhea, 23, of Union City; and Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro.
Police say Goh purchased the handgun legally in California this year. After leaving the carnage behind, authorities believe, he headed to Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline near Oakland International Airport and tossed the gun into the water.
His next stop, authorities say, was a Safeway at the Alameda South Shore Center, a mall about five miles from Oikos University. Goh went to the grocery store sometime in late morning or early afternoon, sources at the mall said.
"He tripped and fell coming out the door," said one source, who requested that her name not be used because police were investigating. "A security officer came over to make sure he was OK, and the guy turned emotional and broke down and asked the security guy to call the Police Department."
Alameda police officers detained Goh until Oakland officers could retrieve him.
-- Maria L. La Ganga and Victoria Kim in Oakland and Matt Stevens in Los Angeles.
Photo: A police investigator walks out of Oikos University on Tuesday, one day after an expelled student opened fire at the school in a rampage that left seven dead. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press