US shooting 'shocking and senseless'
03 April 2012, 11:00
San Francisco - Seven people were killed when a gunman entered a private
Christian college in northern California and opened fire. A 43-year-old
former student was detained.
One L Goh surrendered to police
after Monday's shootings at Oikos University in Oakland, Police Chief
Howard Jordan said without indicating a motive. The arrest was made at a
shopping centre not far from the college about an hour after the
Five victims died at the scene, located at an
industrial park near Oakland's airport, and two died in hospital, said
Jordan, who described the killings as "shocking and senseless".
Three people were injured.
Officers responded to an emergency call at the college to find "a very chaotic scene", Jordan said.
students had fled in panic while others had barricaded themselves in
classrooms. Police had to break windows and force open doors to get to
The students at the college said they recognised the
shooter as a former nursing student. He entered a classroom, ordered
everyone inside against a wall and drew a handgun, Gurpreet Sahota told
the Oakland Tribune, relating the account of his sister-in-law, nursing
student Dawinder Kaur, 19, who was shot in the arm.
"The people started running, and he started shooting," Sahota was quoted as saying.
University is a private educational institution that serves the Korean
community. Goh is of Korean origin, authorities said.
offers nurse training and instruction in Asian medicine, music and
religious studies. On its website, it said it offers "the opportunity to
obtain a Christian education that is based on solid Christian doctrine
The shootings happened during the Christian Holy Week and six days before Easter.
Reverend Jongin Kim, the college's founder, told the Tribune that the
suspect had been a nursing student but did not know why he had left the
Witnesses to Goh's arrest told KGO-TV that he told a
supermarket security guard he had shot a number of people and wanted to
talk to police. They said he appeared calm.