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Suspect in Oakland religious school shooting detained miles away

April 2, 2012 |  1:10 pm

Suspect in Oakland religious school shooting detained miles away

The suspect being questioned in the mass shooting at an Oakland religious nursing college was detained several miles away in Alameda, officials said.

Meanwhile, officials said there were "mass fatalities" in the shooting, but it remained unclear how many people were killed. Several media reports said about 10 people were hit but there were conflicting reports as to how many are dead.

Witnesses said they dived for cover when they heard shots fired.

PHOTOS: Shooting at small college in Oakland

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.  

Alameda police Lt. Ted Horlbeck confirmed the arrest to KGO-TV that the suspect was arrested at a local shopping center. Located on the east side of Alameda, South Shore Center has a website that describes it as offering “breezy, sun-filled promenades with a central area that creates a relaxing atmosphere to shop, socialize, read a book, eat, or unwind.”  

Dramatic live television footage showed officers 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.

The shootings occurred at Oikos University, which according to its website 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."


Possible suspect detained in Oakland religious college shooting

Oakland police swarm religious school after gunman opens fire

Several wounded at Oakland religious college; gunman at large

— Matt Stevens and Stephen Ceasar

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