Seven Die in Shooting at an Oakland College
Update 6:55 p.m. Today’s shooting appears to be one of the worst mass killings in recent Northern California history. Some others:
- Oct. 5, 2011: Worker at quarry in rural Cupertino kills three, wounds seven and is killed the next day.
- March 21, 2009: Gunman kills four Oakland police officers, is killed by police.
- July 1, 1993: Gunman kills eight, wounds six at 101 California office building in San Francisco, is killed by police.
- Jan. 17, 1989: Gunman opens fire on an Stockton schoolyard, killing five children and wounding 29 others and a teacher before committing suicide.
- Feb. 16, 1988: Former employee opens fire at Sunnyvale software firm, killing seven and wounding four before being arrested, tried and convicted.
- Sept. 4, 1977: Five shot to death and 11 wounded after a failed gang assassination at San Francisco’s Golden Dragon restaurant.
Update 6:04 p.m. At a press conference Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan confirmed Oakland resident, 43-year-old One Goh as the shooting suspect. Goh was a former student of Oikios University. Police were unable to confirm whether the victims were all students.
About 35 people were in the school during the shooting, Jordan said. At 10:33 a.m. Oakland police received a 911 call about a woman lying on the ground dying. A patrol unit was dispatched at 10:44 a.m. as additional 911 calls came in. At first police thought that the suspect was still in the building, according to Jordan. Some victims were trapped in the building due to injuries and locked doors. Five people died at the scene, and two later died at a local hospital. Three people were also injured, but are not in critical condition.
Jordan said that 911 calls, victims names and mugshots will be released later this week.
Mayor Jean Quan offered her condolences to the victims’ families calling the incident a “terrible tragedy”, and asked for the assistance of additional Korean speaking crisis counselors.
Update 5:32 p.m. Mayor Jean Quan, Police Chief Howard Jordan, Fire Chief Teresa Reed and other city officials are holding a press conference at 6 p.m. in Oakland on the shooting.
Sources told the Associated Press that the suspect was a former student.
Oakland Police seem fairly confident that they have the lone shooter, says KQED’s Rachel Dornhelm.
“This is still an active investigation. We do have one person who we have detained who we believe is the person responsible for shooting and fatally wounding seven people and wounding three additional people,” said Oakland Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson.
Update 2:37 p.m.The Oakland Police Department sent out a press release confirming seven people are dead and three more injured. One person associated with the shooting has been taken in to custody. The Oakland Tribune reports the suspect was arrested after he told Safeway employees he shot people.
Lisa Resler, 41, said she was leaving the Alameda store with her daughter when she saw a young Asian man with a beanie being confronted by store security. She described him as being “very sedated” as he was handcuffed and taken away. Two Safeway employees who did not give their names said the suspect had told a customer service staffers that he had shot people and needed to be arrested
Update 2:04 p.m. The AP reports that Oakland City Council President Larry Reid says there are six dead. Reid says he learned the count from the police chief.
Update 1:10 p.m. ABC7 is reporting two are confirmed dead by the Alameda County Coroner’s office. The AP is reporting five are dead. KQED is awaiting confirmation.
The Oakland Tribune reports the shooter is a former student:
Pastor Jong Kim, who founded the school about 10 years ago, said the shooter had previously been a nursing student at Oikos but was no longer enrolled. He was unsure whether the shooter had been expelled or dropped out voluntarily.
Update 12:25 p.m. Oakland Police Spokeswoman Johnna Watson said one person has been detained in connection with the shootings. KPIX is reportingthe suspect was taken into custody at South Shore Shopping Center parking lot in Alameda.
Update 12:15 p.m. OPD’s Johnna Watson confirmed the shooter is still at large, and is possibly still on the scene. Students and injured people are still being evacuated from the building. Watson said the crime scene is “active and fluid.” Police have set up a perimeter.
Update 12:00 p.m. The SF chronicle interviewed a witness. Angie Johnson, 52, of San Leandro, saw a woman leaving the building earlier, bleeding from her arm, crying “I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot.”
Johnson said while she waited for medical attention the woman told her the shooter was a man in her nursing class who rose up and shot one person at point blank range in the chest before he started spraying the room with bullets.
Original Post: The Oakland Tribune is reporting that a shooting this morning at Oikos University, a Christian university on Edgewater Drive in Oakland, has left at least five people injured.
Police released a description of the suspect, who they said may be a student, as male, Asian, with a heavy build, wearing khaki clothing.