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Seven People Dead After Gunman Opens Fire at Small Christian School

By Noah Berger, AP

By Noah Berger, AP

According to USA Today, police say seven people are dead and three others injured after a gunman opened fire Monday at a small Korean Christian school. Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said One Goh is in custody after surrendering an hour after the shooting at Oikos University.

Jordan said police recovered enough ballistics evidence to determine that a handgun was used in the rampage. He said 10 people were shot, seven fatally. “It’s going to take us a few days to put the pieces together,” Jordan said. “We do not have a motive.”

Jordan said Goh is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from South Korea and a resident of Oakland who is believed to be a former student at the university. He said Goh commandeered the car of one of the victims and drove to nearby Alameda, where he surrendered.

Oakland Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said the gunman entered the school around 10:30 a.m. Oikos shares an address and phone number with the Praise God Korean Church. Mayor Jean Quan said at least 35 people were at the school at the time.

Five of the victims died at the scene and two at the hospital, Jordan said. Three victims with wounds are in stable condition, he said.

Tashi Wangchuk, whose wife, Dechen Wangzom, attended the school and witnessed the shooting, said he was told by police that the gunman first shot a woman at the front desk, then continued shooting randomly in classrooms.

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The reason for the shooting is still unknown. We send our condolences to the families and friends of everyone effected by this tragic event.


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  1. Dean

    April 3, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I’m praying for all invovled in this tragedy.

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