US shooting 'shocking and senseless'

2012-04-03 07:42

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 shootings.

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.

Some students had fled in panic while others had barricaded themselves in classrooms. Police had to break windows and force open doors to get to victims.

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.

Oikos University is a private educational institution that serves the Korean community. Goh is of Korean origin, authorities said.

The college 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 and ideology."

The shootings happened during the Christian Holy Week and six days before Easter.

The 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 school.

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.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-03 07:54

    Another Religious NUT with an axe to grind,

      Ben - 2012-04-03 08:51

      Gods don't kill people. People with gods kill people

      Ben - 2012-04-03 08:51

      Gods don't kill people. People with gods kill people

      ghoosain - 2012-04-03 09:07

      This is happening to often in the usa, which is very disturbing.

      ghoosain - 2012-04-03 09:07

      This is happening to often in the usa, which is very disturbing.

      Fred - 2012-04-03 09:43

      ghoussain, it happens A LOT more in the Muslim world, about which you have NOTHING to say. Why?

      kaylee.f.smith - 2012-04-03 11:00

      @fred: Any proof. Making a claim without proof isn't nice. The only shootings we hear is from the christian America.

      Dakey - 2012-04-03 12:18

      'religious nut'? Odd, he was a nursing student and both Christianity as well as Islam condemn murder. What religion exactly do you claim he was?

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-03 08:56

    Is it not where Hollywood is located? The world is so sick.

      kaylee.f.smith - 2012-04-03 12:23

      Nope. Hollywood's in Los Angeles, Mythbusters is in San Francisco

  • Dakey - 2012-04-03 09:37

    Why would a nursing student feel the need to kill Christians, or did he start to believe the atheist drivel that 'Christianity is evil'? Time to stop the hate speach.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-03 10:29

      Im an athiest. I dont commit evil, i dont spew out hatred, I dont harm animals or people. Im a very friendly guy. I take offense to " believe the atheist drivel " but if thats your approach, then i would have to say, far more religious NUTS kill each other than non-religious people. Dont assume, because we dont believe in your god, that we are evil. We are human just like you, and have morals and respect for people.

      kaylee.f.smith - 2012-04-03 10:47

      Typical. Blame someone else, who has nothing to do with the incident, instead of where it should be.

      Dakey - 2012-04-03 12:16

      @Peter, Actually Peter, I commented on a specifically prevalent atheist sentiment which claims that 'Christianity is Evil'. If you don't fall in that category, you have nothing to be offended by. The New atheists like Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris have made numerous statements to this effect, stating that religion is evil, echoed only too loudly by other atheists on these forums. Even in this particular thread, the murderer (a NURSING student) is called a 'religious nut' (based on what exactly?). That said I'm glad to see despite your insistence that you do not 'spew out hatred', you drawing even further attention to 'religious NUTS' killing people.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-03 13:05

      Bottom line is, you cant generalize people on their believes. Exodus 20:2,3 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other Gods before me" Isnt the fundamental rule of Christianity 'Free will'...that your God can change ANYTHING about a person, except his/her own free will? Sounds more to me like force. • I know Christians who smoke weed (which according to your God, is forbidden) • Like the Pope in Christianity, Atheists have their own 'popes', like who you mentioned. • The laws of religion are so domineering, people are discriminated against, tortured, murdered. It creates division. Like a gang who control drug trades etc (always wanting to be on top of everything, and kill or destroy those who confront or challenge) I dont picture Atheism as a religion, I just plain and simple dont give a ****

      Dakey - 2012-04-03 16:40

      @Peter It may not concern you deeply, but seven PEOPLE were murdered yesterday. Forget for a moment they were/might have been Christians. If you want to discuss your issues with free will, subjective morality or any other topics, there are plenty of threads on News24 that will suffice. Perhaps it is also asking too much to try show ‘some’ sympathy for the victims instead of using this tragedy as yet another example of a ‘religious NUT’ killing people when it couldn’t be further from the truth. All I care about is that people of all faiths OR NO FAITH can exercise their belief without being subjected to threats, violence or persecution. So let’s try being a little responsible and NOT promote the idea that Christians, Muslims or Atheists are EVIL, because sooner or later some psychopath will buy into this idea and end up executing people (as we saw today). I would have liked to think as SOUTH AFRICAN's we could at least sympathise with the deaths of these people regardless of their faith or ethnic background. Let’s start there?

  • Ask - 2012-04-03 10:32

    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...

  • Etienne - 2012-04-03 13:33


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