US college gunman 'unfit for trial'

2013-01-08 08:44
One Goh. (AFP)

One Goh. (AFP)

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Los Angeles - A US judge declared a Korean-American man mentally unfit on Monday to stand trial over a shooting rampage that left seven dead at a religious college in California, reports said.

Former nursing student One Goh had pleaded not guilty to murdering seven and wounding three in April's execution-style shootings at the Oikos University, a small Christian school in Oakland, near San Francisco.

Two court-appointed psychiatrists found Goh incompetent due to paranoid schizophrenia, according to Goh's attorney David Klaus, cited by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The 44-year-old appeared in Alameda County Superior Court before Judge Carrie Panetta, who ordered Goh to return in three weeks for placement in an institution, the newspaper reported.

Neither Klaus nor court officials immediately returned requests for comment.

Executed

Law enforcement officials said Goh, a US citizen originally from South Korea, was angry about a denied tuition refund when he arrived at his former school with a .45-caliber gun and four loaded magazines of ammunition.

Apparently unsuccessful in locating the administrator he sought, Goh opened fire and "essentially executed" seven people and wounded three others, prosecutors said earlier in the investigation.

After fleeing the scene in a victim's car, Goh admitted to a grocery store security guard that he had killed several people, according to a police statement included in court filings.

Goh - who officials say left the school voluntarily in November 2011 - also admitted to "kidnapping a woman and forcing her from her office into a classroom at gunpoint", the statement said.

- SAPA
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