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Oakland police swarm religious school after gunman opens fire

April 2, 2012 | 12:14 pm

Image: Map shows approximate location of Oikos University in Oakland. Source: Google Maps

SWAT officer with rifles and guns were surrounding an Oakland religious university on Monday after a gunman opened fire, hitting at least five people.

Oakland police announced the suspect is an Asian man with a heavy build and wearing khaki clothing and that his whereabouts was unknown. Officials also urged the public to avoid the area. The school is not far from Oakland International Airport.

Dramatic live television footage showed officer swarming around Oikos University, a small Christian college, with some appearing to enter the main building. Some civilians were seen being rushed from the building and into police vehicles.

An Oakland Police Department spokesman said he could not provide any immediate details about the shooting or how many people were hit and whether there are any fatalities.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, at least five ambulances were called and SWAT teams were taking position.

According to its website, Oikos 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. Oikos University was launched to provide highest standard education with Christian value and inspiration."

"Oikos University has a very specific goal and mission to offer education programs in the area of religious studies, music, and vocational nursing in that we motivate, educate and equip students in such a way that they will be able to live enriched life by fulfilling their goals in life and serve the community with their learned professions and skills," the website said.


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Image: Map shows approximate location of Oikos University in Oakland. Credit: Google Maps