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Oakland university where gunman killed seven to resume classes

April 23, 2012 |  7:54 am

A memorial for the Oakland shooting victims

Three weeks after a former student allegedly walked into a classroom at a small Oakland Christian college and opened fire, killing seven and wounding others, students are scheduled to return to campus for regular classes. 

One L. Goh, 43, a former nursing student at Oikos University, faces murder and attempted murder charges in the April 2 shooting rampage. Goh came looking to settle a score with a school administrator over a tuition refund and admitted to several people that he was the shooter, according to police. 

The school, located in an industrial park next to Oakland International Airport, had fewer than 30 students in its 4-year-old vocational nursing program, which attracted mostly first- and second-generation immigrants who formed a tight-knit community. The class was due to graduate in two months at the time of the shooting. 

In a statement on its website, the school said students had “worked diligently and done all they can to fulfill the American dream of success and acceptance.” 

University Dean Jongin Kim told the Associated Press that while most classes will be held in the building where the shooting took place, classes for nursing students will be held instead at Unitek College in Fremont. The school has been replacing carpet and repairing bullet marks in preparation, the AP reported. 

From behind bars, Goh told a local television station that he was “deeply sorry” and that he only remembers parts of the day of the shooting.

“Families are so angry with me. If I tell them sorry, it doesn’t bring anybody back," Goh said from a Dublin jail, according to CBS5 in San Francisco. 

Goh, who is represented by a public defender, is due in court April 30. He has not entered a plea.


7 shot dead in Oakland campus rampage

Oikos University mourns 7 killed in shooting rampage

Oakland slayings tear apart a tightknit student community

— Victoria Kim

Photo: Efanye Chibuko touches a photo of his wife Doris, who was among the seven killed at Oakland's Oikos University, at a memorial April 10. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press.