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Possible suspect detained in Oakland religious college shooting

April 2, 2012 | 12:47 pm

Possible suspect detained in Oakland religious college shooting

Oakland police say that a possible suspect is in custody after a shooter killed multiple people and injured several more at a religious university in Oakland on Monday morning.

On its Twitter feed, Oakland police wrote “Possible Suspect in custody. No imminent public safety threat appears to exist in immediate area,” and minutes later Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson  confirmed to the news media that one suspect had been detained.   

There have been conflicting reports in the Bay Area media as to how many people were shot and how many fatalities there have been.

Oakland police had described the suspect is an Asian man with a heavy build and wearing khaki clothing. The school, Oikos University, is not far from Oakland International Airport and the Oakland Coliseum. 

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.

According to its website, Oikos University 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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Photo: Oakland SWAT team members approach Oikos University after a gun man opened fire inside the university in Oakland. Credit: Peter DaSilva /EPA