US university shooter 'always looked crazy'

2012-04-02 23:22

Oakland - A gunman opened fire at a Christian university in California on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding three more, authorities said. Police say they have a suspect in custody.

The shooting erupted around midmorning at Oikos University in Oakland and left six dead, according to City Council President Larry Reid, who says he was told the count by the police chief.

Officer Johnna Watson did not give any other details about the detained suspect.

Authorities earlier described the gunman as a heavyset Korean man in his 40s wearing khaki clothing.

"I can confirm that we do have one person who has been detained that we believe is possibly responsible for this shooting," Watson said.

KTVU-TV reported that the shooter was a student and opened fire in a classroom.

Earlier, television news footage showed a chaotic scene as heavily armed officers swarmed into the building in search of the shooter. The footage also showed bloodied victims on stretchers being loaded into ambulances.

Pastor Jong Kim, who founded the school about 10 years ago, told the Oakland Tribune that he heard about 30 gunshots in the building. "I stayed in my office," he said.

Angie Johnson told the San Francisco Chronicle that she saw a young woman leave the building with blood coming from her arm and crying: "I've been shot. I've been shot."

The injured woman said the shooter was a man in her nursing class who got up and shot one person at point-blank range in the chest before spraying the room with bullets, Johnson said.

"She said he looked crazy all the time," Johnson said the victim told her, "but they never knew how far he would go".

Four victims arrived at Highland Hospital for treatment, said spokesperson Jerri Randrup.

According of its website, Oikos University offers studies in theology, music, nursing and Asian medicine. Phone calls to Oikos were met with busy signals on Monday and its website was slow.

  • Drees - 2012-04-02 23:37

    Its seems the Columbine shooting catalysted a trend of sorts. Sickening to see what's considered "hip" these days...

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-03 00:40

      I have to agree with you on this, it seems as if this behavior could become an epidemic, as outbreaks seems to be occurring more frequently all around the globe.

      Diaan - 2012-04-03 09:46

      I think the US should make "looking crazy" a punishable offence with a 20 year jail sentence . would have been a nice way to get rid of the Bush father and son as well as Clinton

  • Lynda - 2012-04-03 00:21

    Not another one.........but then if you can buy a gun in Wallmart, why wouldn't you shoot the people who piss you off

  • boramk - 2012-04-03 00:49

    Do you know how easy it is to get a gun in the US? Laws need to be changed.

  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-04-03 01:45

    guns don't kill people,people kill people!another lunatic running around in the US.

  • Christopher - 2012-04-03 02:52

    Actually u cannot buy a gun @ Walmart that's rubbish. U clearly do not know what ur talking about. U can buy ammo but not the gun & there are background checks that are done before u actually get ur firearm & if u have a criminal record u can forget about getting a permit. The article hasn't said anything about where he got the firearm from. Crime happens everywhere! We all know that most of the people that are armed in SA are either the police or the thugs. And people kill people Not guns.

      ronald.stilianou - 2012-04-03 03:04

      I am right here in new York at the moment, and YES!!, you can buy a gun at Walmart......YOU, clearly do not know what you are talking about.

      Alfred - 2012-04-03 06:55

      actually one can easily avoid the backround checks by buying a gun at a gunfair.

      Syl - 2012-04-03 10:13

      @ Christopher - Depending which state you live in. In Florida and Texas you can buy rifles at the Walmart sport counter. Handguns are a different story and need to be purchased at a gun shop where they complete the background check etc...

  • Pixie86 - 2012-04-03 06:35

    how many times in a year do we read about a gunman who went crazy in US school, killing students? I think South African schools are definitely safer.

  • Warwick - 2012-04-03 07:35

    It was probably a gun free zone too. If it were not, somebody could have stopped it before it got to the mess it was. Guns keep the vermin at bay, they rather go where its illegal to be armed, easier pickings and thats the simple truth. Domestic Guns save more lives than they take.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-03 07:43

    Another Religious NUT with an axe to grind. Happy Atheist,

  • Johan - 2012-04-03 07:59

    Do not give the people that kills people guns!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-03 08:13

      How exactly do you suggest "your Plan" be instigated? The mental disposition of an Individual can be determined at point of sale however how exactly would the Authorities continually monitor individuals.

      Napolita - 2012-04-03 08:24

      Hahaa...Johan! How are you goint to accomplish that? Well, unless he had killed before, in which case he most likely would not have LEGALLY been allowed to carry a gun. But then, people who want to commit crimes do not seek legal backing to do so, meaning he would have find a way to get the gun despite the law barring him to carrying/owning one.

  • Den - 2012-04-03 09:06

    guns are to freely allowed there, any moron can get a gun

  • Ask - 2012-04-03 13:02

    Before emotions run high and out of control ... the suspect has been identified by San Francisco news station KTVU as former Oikos student One Goh, an American citizen of Korean origin. Police believe he was the sole shooter. He is said to have surrendered soon after the attacks...

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