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Oakland college shooting: Suspect in solitary confinement

April 4, 2012 |  4:09 pm

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The suspect in a mass shooting at a small Oakland college has been housed in a cell by himself and will remain there indefinitely, authorities said Wednesday.

One Goh, 43, was charged with seven counts of murder with special circumstances and three counts of attempted murder in the Monday shooting at Oikos University.

Goh is allowed to leave his cell for only one hour a day, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

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“He’s in administrative segregation,” Nelson said. “That’s what’s he’s going to be housed in for the foreseeable future.”

Nelson said that Goh is under observation, in which a deputy checks on the suspect every 15 minutes. Nelson emphasized the protocol is standard for first-time inmates, and Goh is not in danger of committing suicide.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon, and Nelson said there will be extra security because of the anticipated crowds.

The name of the seventh victim in the shooting also was released Wednesday within the criminal complaint. Katleen Ping, was listed as a murder victim, but her age and place of residence were not.

In addition, the complaint named the three victims who prosecutors say were shot by Oh and suffered “great bodily injury.” Dawinder Kaur, Ahmad Javid Sayeed and Grace Kirika were named in the complaint as victims of attempted murder. 

The six other victims fatally wounded were identified Tuesday by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office Coroner's Bureau as: Bhutia Tshering, 38, of San Francisco; 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.

Goh had been expelled from Oikos this year "for behavioral problems, anger management," Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan has said. Goh was teased for his broken English, and he felt bullied and angry, Jordan said.

Goh arrived at the campus in an industrial section of east Oakland on Monday morning, looking for a certain administrator but when he couldn't find her, he grabbed a secretary and headed to a classroom, officials said.

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."

Goh was detained a few hours later by Alameda police officers near a Safeway supermarket.


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Photo: One Goh. Credit: Alameda County Sheriff's Office / EPA.