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Oakland college gunman lined up students and opened fire, police say

April 3, 2012 | 11:39 am


New details have emerged about the gruesome sequence of events that unfolded Monday at Oikos University, where a gunman allegedly killed his peers one by one inside a classroom.

Oakland police spokeswoman Johanna Watson said the alleged shooter, One L. Goh, 43,  took a student hostage before entering a classroom on campus. She said Goh lined students up against a wall and started shooting.  

“He has not shown any signs of remorse,” Watson said Tuesday morning.

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Authorities have yet to charge Goh, who is being held  in connection with the rampage that killed seven people and injured three.

Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, told The Times the victims have been identified, but their names were not released because of a police hold on the case.

The victims' countries of origin, including Korea, Nigeria and Nepal, could “present problems” for the office moving forward, Nelson said, but did not elaborate. There was no planned timeline for the release of their names.

Tuesday morning, the doors to the school were open as crime scene investigators in white protective gear shuffled in and out. The school remains closed.

Watson confirmed that Goh had been expelled from Oikos and appeared to be targeting a female administrator. It was unclear if the administrator was the person who dismissed him.

Five people died at the scene Monday morning. Two others died after being transported to hospitals. Three injured suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said, and Watson told The Times on Tuesday that one of injured victims had been released from the hospital.

Goh was arrested Monday afternoon a few miles away from Oikos, in front of a Safeway supermarket in Alameda.

With only a few hundred students, Oikos University fills a particular and unusual niche, enrolling a heavily Korean student body and offering classes only in Bible study, nursing and music, according to its website. Larry Reid, who is Oakland's City Council president and represents the district where the college is located, said he had been unaware of the school's existence until its low profile was shattered Monday by the shootings, which earned the school a sudden, nightmarish notoriety.

"Today there are a number of individuals who lost their lives to senseless violence," Reid said. "It's just another sad day in my city."

The violence will go down as among California's worst shooting rampages. Last year, a gunman opened fire at a Seal Beach hair salon, killing nine people. In 1984, James Huberty killed 21 people at a McDonald's in San Ysidro. In 1976, a former Marine opened fire at the Cal State Fullerton library, killing seven people.


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