A gunman who shot seven people dead at a religious school in California told students, “Get in line and I’m going to kill you all.”
The alleged killer, named as 43-year-old One L Goh, then stood up in the middle of a nursing lecture and started calmly spraying bullets randomly at his classmates, it was revealed.
The death of his mother and close brother, along with his expulsion from the school and thousands of dollars of mounting debt are seen by police as some of the possible motives behind hid decision to kill.
“He stood up and began shooting,” said Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan. But after stalking out of the classroom, the bloodshed wasn’t over.
“Shots were fired throughout the building,” Jordan added.
Police said the Korean-American suspect fired indiscriminately in a morning acupuncture class at Oikos University, a small private college in Oakland, California, which provides fellow Koreans with Christian-based training in theology, music, nursing and Asian medicine.
“We’ve learned that the suspect was upset with the administration at the school,” said Jordan. “He was also upset that students in the past, when he attended the school, mistreated him and disrespected him. He was asked to leave several months ago.”
He was arrested about an hour later in a shopping centre car park several miles away from the university.
Goh apparently handed himself in and told a grocery store security guard he had shot several people.
The shooter was said to be a former nursing student who had been absent from class for months after being expelled. Some reports say that he was initially targeting one particular administrator, but when she was not in school yesterday, he turned his rage on other students.
Police said they were still investigating the exact motive for the attack. His problems began before he started taking classes at Oikos. Goh moved to the Bay area after living in Virginia. While there, he started going into debt.
Authorities first received an emergency call yesterday reporting a woman on the ground bleeding.
As more calls came in from the school, the officer found a victim suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound, he said.
Paul Singh, whose sister was one of three students wounded, said the gunman threatened he was going to kill everyone in the class.
Panicked students took refuge from the madman. One student, 19-year-old Dawinder Kaur, told her brother she was in her nursing class when a former student who had been absent from the class for months told them all to line up against the wall.
Police chief Howard Jordan said, “This unprecedented tragedy was shocking and senseless.” —
One Indian wounded in US shooting
A gunman who killed seven people at a California University ordered everyone to get up against a wall, and started shooting, according to a 19-year old Indian American student who was among the three wounded. Dawinder Kaur, from Santa Clara, told relatives the gunman had been a student in her class.
America’s deadliest school massacres
>> The deadliest school shooting in US history was the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007. Mentally ill student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people before shooting himself in a campus rampage.
>> Another notorious killing was that at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, when 10 students as young as 15 as well as two members of staff were shot by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at the Denver school.
>> Graduate student Steven Kazmierczak killed five at Northern Illinois University, his alma mater, on February 14, 2008, then turned the gun on himself.
>> In 1966, student Charles Whitman killed 16 at University of Texas, by shooting from a 28th-floor balcony.