Oakland college shooting suspect felt teased, police say
The police dispatcher’s voice is calm and measured. The reporting party, she said in recordings that surfaced Tuesday, “is advising shots are coming from inside the building. People are running out screaming.... There’s a female, bleeding, she’s down on the ground, face-down on the concrete and bleeding.”
When it was over, six students and a secretary at a small Christian college were shot to death, allegedly at the hands of a 43-year-old South Korean national who had once been a nursing student there.
On Tuesday, a portrait began to emerge of a troubled man who apparently returned to Oikos University to settle a score.
One L. Goh 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 Monday. They ranged in age from 21 to 40 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.”
Goh had yet to be charged Tuesday afternoon. The neighborhood around the school was cordoned off for five hours. He has told Oakland police officers where he threw the handgun used in the attack, Jordan said, and officers were on the shore of the Oakland Estuary with two police boats and a robotic sonar device looking for the weapon.
“The suspect has been cooperative in certain areas,” said Officer Johnna Watson, the Oakland police spokeswoman. But, she added, “he has not shown any signs of remorse for his actions yesterday, shooting 10 people, seven deceased.”
H.Y. Kim 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, was killed when the gunman stole his car to make a getaway, according to the Contra Costa Times.
Police say Goh purchased the handgun legally in California this year. After leaving the university, authorities believe, he headed to Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline near Oakland International Airport and tossed the gun into the water. According to sources at the Alameda South Shore Center, a mall about a five-mile drive from Oikos University, Goh went to a Safeway grocery store sometime in late morning or early afternoon.
--Maria L. LaGanga, Victoria Kim, Ashley Powers and Lee Romney
Photo top: An Oakland police boat and helicopter search a channel off San Leandro Bay for the weapon used in a shooting that killed seven at Oikos University. Creidt: Sarah Rice / Getty Images Bottom: Booking photo of suspect One Goh. Credit: Alameda County Sheriff's Department via the San Francisco Chronicle.