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School Shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, California: 7 Dead, 3 Wounded

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By HVnews
April 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm



Police removed seven bodies from the site of a 10:40 a.m. shooting at Oikos University, a religious institution in Oakland, Calif. Seven victims are dead; another three, at least, were injured.

The gunman was described as 43-year-old One L. Goh.

(image via ABC News)

5:15 p.m.: The Los Angeles Times has more on the gunman and the shooting: “A school official said the alleged gunman had been a nursing student at the college. Pastor Jong Kim, who founded Oikos University about 10 years ago, told the Oakland Tribune he was unsure if the alleged shooter had been expelled from the school or dropped out voluntarily. He said he heard about 30 gunshots while remaining in his office for safety. Lucas Garcia, a teacher at the school, told KGO-TV he heard a half-dozen shots in the middle of a lesson before someone yelled that a someone had a gun. Garcia said there are a little more than 100 students enrolled at the university, but not all were on campus at the time. He said the school teaches the Bible, nursing and English.”

3:56 p.m.: KGORadio: “Suspected shooter was taken into custody at South Shore Shopping Center in Alameda, about 5 miles away from Oikos U.”

3:55 p.m.: Police have confirmed five people are dead.

3:30 p.m.: “Possible Suspect in custody. No imminent public safety threat appears to exist in immediate area,” according to Oakland police.

3:24 p.m.: One person has been detained.

3:20 p.m.: At least two confirmed dead.

3:13 p.m.: Shooter still at large. Not known if the shooter was known to students.

3:11 p.m.: Cannot confirm the number of fatalities at this time

3:08 p.m.: Suspect is described as an Asian male, five-foot-nine, 270, khaki pants

3:07 p.m.: “If you see him [the shooter], please do not approach him. This is a bad guy.”

2:52 p.m.: The SWAT team has entered the building. The shooter may still be inside. More people are exiting “on their own power.”

Live video feed at ABC here.

See more here.

 

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM OAKLAND PD:

Seven persons suffered fatal gunshot wounds, and three others
were wounded in a shooting located at 7850 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, Ca. The
suspect is in custody.

At 10:33 a.m., the Oakland Police Department received a 9-1-1 call regarding a
woman on the ground, bleeding. Patrol units were dispatched at 10:34 a.m.
The first Oakland Police patrol officer arrived at 10:36 a.m., and located a victim
suffering from an apparent life-threatening gunshot wound amidst an extremely
chaotic scene. Additional calls regarding multiple victims were received. Officers
established a perimeter around the building in use by Oikos University. The
suspect was initially believed to be within the building when officers arrived.

Oikos University is a post-secondary vocational school with strong ties to the
Korean community and Korean students.

Believing potential victims were inside the building, either trapped by a locked,
exterior door, or unable to evacuate due to injury, Oakland Police and Oakland
Unified School Police gained access to the building by breaking an exterior
window. They coordinated an emergency evacuation, searched for any injured
persons, and searched for any suspect on-scene. Officers extracted a total of 13
individuals, some of whom were critically injured.

As the evacuation occurred, the preliminary investigation led to the identity of the
suspect and his description. Within an hour and a half, investigators were in
possession of the suspect’s name and photo. Officers were dispatched to his home
and the residence of a local relative in an attempt to locate him. The suspect, 43-
year-old One L. Goh, an apparent Oakland resident, surrendered approximately
five miles from the scene to Alameda Police Department officers in a grocery store
within their city. He is currently in the custody of the Oakland Police Department.

A total of 10 victims in all were shot. Seven of these victims succumbed to their
injuries – five were pronounced at the scene, and two victims later died after
transport to hospital.

At a 6:00 p.m. press conference held at Oakland police headquarters, Chief of
Police Howard A. Jordan acknowledged the heroic response and actions of his
personnel and other first responders. In addition to available Oakland police
officers, Oakland firefighters, and paramedics, nineteen officers from local law
enforcement agencies responded to the Department’s request for assistance in
cordoning and handling the scene.

“Today’s unprecedented tragedy was shocking and senseless,” said Chief Jordan.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and their friends; I
offer my deepest condolences. No words can express the gravity of these crimes
and the pain caused by them.”

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