UPDATED Oikos shooting suspect arrested in Alameda
Updated at 8:42 p.m. Monday, April 2
A former nursing student accused of killing seven people at a Christian university in Oakland on Monday commandeered a car and drove to Alameda before turning himself in to police, authorities said tonight. But Oakland police still do not know why One L. Goh, 43, of Oakland opened fire in a classroom at Oikos University on Edgewater Drive in Oakland on Monday morning.
Goh turned himself in to Alameda police after entering the Safeway store at Alameda South Shore Center and telling security guards that he had shot people and needed to be arrested, according to published reports.
Alameda Police Lt. Ted Horlbeck said a security person at Alameda South Shore Center called the department at 11:17 a.m. to report a suspicious person in front of the center's Safeway store who said he wanted to speak with police. "When we got down there we did an investigation, one thing led to another," and police determined the man was a suspect in the shooting based on statements he made, Horlbeck said.
Horlbeck said he doesn't think Goh had a weapon in his possession when he was arrested. Oakland police towed a car from the shopping center, which some published reports have identified as a blue Honda Accord.
Oakland police descended on the school after receiving emergency calls at 10:34 a.m. about a woman bleeding from a gunshot wound. Officers arrived minutes later to what Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan called “an extremely chaotic scene.”
Thirty-five students were in the building when the shooting started and police had to break down a door to get to those trapped inside.
Some students were hiding behind doors and under desks after the gunfire started, Jordan said.
By the time the students were evacuated, 10 people had been shot seven fatally and three who was taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, Jordan said. All the victims were adults, Jordan said.
The gunman pulled out a handgun and began shooting in a classroom though other shots were fired throughout the building, Jordan said.
Police and emergency crews from surrounding agencies helped evacuate the students and aid the injured, authorities said. Bodies of the dead were placed covered on the school lawn as news crews interviewed witnesses.
Goh surrendered about 90 minutes after the shooting and police had no details involving the owner of the car he took, which some published reports identified as a blue Honda Accord. Goh, who appeared to have no criminal record, was a naturalized American citizen of Korean descent, authorities said.
Representatives of the Korean consulate were on the press conference and the Korean Methodist Church will hold services for the victims possibly as early as Tuesday said Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.
Oikos teaches nursing, English and Bible related subjects. The suspect had been a nursing student but dropped out, according to the school founder, Pastor Jongin Kim.
Jordan said police are still investigating why Goh was at the school Monday.
Editor Michele Ellson contributed to this report.