Tuesday, April 3, 2012

'Get in line and I'm going to kill you all': OAKLAND CA. SCHOOL MASSACRE

'Get in line and I'm going to kill you all': SEVEN people shot dead after 'nursing student' went on gun rampage in class at Christian college

  • Students told: 'Get in line and I'm going to kill you all' before 'crazed gunman' opens fire in the classroom
  • One L. Goh, 43, a former nursing student at the school, named as suspect
  • He 're-appeared after several months' but reason for absence is unclear
  • Shooter arrested in parking lot after 'confessing to mall security guard'
By David Gardner and Rob Cooper
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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 yesterday 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 last night.
'He stood up and began shooting,' said Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan. But after stalking out of the classroom, the bloodshed wasn't over.


Nightmare: Oakland Police cover the bodies of victims of the shooting massacre at Oikos University
Nightmare: Oakland Police cover the bodies of victims of the shooting massacre at Oikos University
Wounded: A woman is rushed to hospital on a stretcher following the gun attack which left seven people dead and three wounded in Oakland, California
Wounded: A woman is rushed to hospital on a stretcher following the gun attack which left seven people dead and three wounded in Oakland, California
Hunt: A police officer aims his handgun as he enters the Christian college where a gunman went on the rampage. The suspect was later arrested nearby
Hunt: A police officer aims his handgun as he enters the Christian college where a gunman went on the rampage. The suspect was later arrested nearby

Sudden: Students and administrators had no idea what was going on when they started hearing gunshots on Monday morning
Sudden: Students and administrators had no idea what was going on when they started hearing gunshots on Monday morning
'Shots were fired throughout the building,' Mr 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.
 
He was arrested about an hour later in a Safeway shopping centre car park several miles away from Oikos University, a Korean Christian school in Oakland, California.

Goh apparently handed himself in and told a 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. It was unclear whether he was expelled or had dropped out.
Investigation: Swat teams arrive at the school where seven people were murdered in Oakland, California, yesterday
Investigation: Swat teams arrive at the school where seven people were murdered in Oakland, California, yesterday

Grim: A police armored vehicle drives by what appears to be covered dead bodies following the gun attack
Grim: A police armored vehicle drives by what appears to be covered dead bodies following the gun attack

Hunt: ATF agents in plain clothes on the scene following the shooting which left seven people dead
Hunt: ATF agents in plain clothes on the scene following the shooting which left seven people dead
Police said they were still investigating the exact motive for the attack. But one officer said: 'He clearly had some kind of grudge against the school.'
They first received an emergency call at 10.33am (5.33pm GMT) yesterday reporting a woman on the ground bleeding.
As more calls came in from the school, the first arriving officer found a victim suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound, he said.
More officers arrived and formed a perimeter around the school in the belief that the suspect was still inside, he said.
Grim: A sheriff's deputy removes a body from outside Oikos University after a gunman opened fire killing seven people
Grim: A sheriff's deputy removes a body from outside Oikos University after a gunman opened fire killing seven people

Responders: ATF and SWAT teams responded to the shooting Monday morning where a reported five people were killed by a Korean gunman thought to be in his 40s
Responders: ATF and SWAT teams responded to the shooting Monday morning where a reported seven people were killed by a Korean gunman thought to be in his 40s
SWAT teams surrounded the building, smashing glass with sledgehammers before rushing inside only to find the gunman had fled.

Paul Singh, whose sister was one of three students wounded, said the gunman threatened he was going to kill everyone in the class.
'She told me that a guy went crazy and she got shot,' her brother Paul Singh told the Oakland Tribune. 'She was running, she was crying, she was bleeding. It was wrong.'

One of the victims was named as Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, an immigrant from the Himalayas who was studying nursing and working part-time as a janitor.
Investigation: Police stake out the private Christian college in eastern Oakland
Investigation: Police stake out the private Christian college in eastern Oakland
Other casualties included Lydia Sim, 21, and 24-year-old Kathleen Ping.
Panicked students took refuge from the madman. Tashi Wangchuk said his nursing student wife locked the door to an adjoining classroom and turned off the lights.
He said the man 'banged on the door several times and started shooting inside' to break the glass but didn't go in.
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.
Probe: Police officers approach after a gunman killed seven at the private Christian college in Oakland, California, when he opened fire yesterday
Probe: Police officers approach after a gunman killed seven at the private Christian college in Oakland, California, when he opened fire yesterday

Grief: A group of people leave Oikos University yesterday after a man killed seven people. American-Korean One L. Goh, 43, was being held over the deaths
Grief: A group of people leave Oikos University yesterday after a man killed seven people. American-Korean One L. Goh, 43, was being held over the deaths

Shock: An Oakland police officer holds his hand to his head as an investigation gets underway into the shooting
Shock: An Oakland police officer holds his hand to his head as an investigation gets underway into the shooting
About 35 students were said to be in the single-storey college at the time. Five died at the scene and two others were pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital.

It was an 'unprecedented tragedy, shocking and senseless,' Mr Jordan said at a press conference. 'No words can express the gravity of this incident.'

Goh is not thought to have a criminal record. He gave himself up to a shop security guard after the killings after admitting to 'shooting some people.'

Reaction: Law enforcement officers leave the college after the conclusion of the rampage
Reaction: Law enforcement officers leave the college after the conclusion of the rampage
Police spokesman Cynthia Perkins said seven people were dead. She did not release any other details.
Police chief Howard Jordan said: 'It's going to take us a few days to put the pieces together. We do not have a motive.'
He added: 'This unprecedented tragedy was shocking and senseless.'
Briefing: Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan talks to the media after seven people were killed and three wounded at Oikos University in Oakland, California
Briefing: Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan talks to the media after seven people were killed and three wounded at Oikos University in Oakland, California
Grief: Timothy Yi, pastor at Hayward Korean Baptist Church, waits for news outside Oikos University
Grief: Timothy Yi, pastor at Hayward Korean Baptist Church, waits for news outside Oikos University

Mourners: Students talk among themselves at the scene of the deadly shooting on Monday
Mourners: Students talk among themselves at the scene of the deadly shooting on Monday
Location: The shooting took place at Oikos University
Location: The shooting took place at Oikos University
A security guard at the supermarket approached the man because he was acting suspiciously, KGO-TV reported. The man told the guard that he needed to talk to police because he shot people, and the guard called authorities.
Lisa Resler said she was buying fruit at Safeway with her four-year-old daughter when she saw the man dressed in khaki she later learned was the suspect walk toward the store exit.

'He was just in the store looking like somebody who was going to pick a deli sandwich up or something,' she said.

When she left the store, she saw him standing next to two police cars. She said she saw an officer kick his legs apart and pat him down for weapons but said they didn't appear to find anything.

'He didn't look like he had a sign of relief on him. He didn't look like he had much of any emotion on his face,' she said. 'From what I could see he was completely cooperative with police. He wasn't saying a word.'
Television news footage showed officers surrounding the building in search of the suspect, described as a Korean man in his 40s with a heavy build and wearing khaki clothing.
The footage also showed wounded people being carried out of the building.
Hunt: Police arrive in an armoured vehicle after a gunman opened fire killing seven at Oikos University yesterday
Hunt: Police arrive in an armoured vehicle after a gunman opened fire killing seven at Oikos University yesterday
Morning: The shooting took place at approximately 10.33am and the suspect was in custody less than an hour and a half later
Morning: The shooting took place at approximately 10.33am and the suspect was in custody less than an hour and a half later
Death toll: At least five fatalities have been reported, and one witness described the scene where the gunman stood up in the middle of nursing class to a fellow student
Death toll: At least 7 fatalities have been reported, and one witness described the scene where the gunman stood up in the middle of nursing class to a fellow student point blank before spraying the room with bullets

Securing the scene: Initial reports said that the suspect was on the loose, and he was eventually found in a shopping center miles away from the Korean school
Securing the scene: Initial reports said that the suspect was on the loose, and he was eventually found in a shopping center miles away from the Korean school
Founder and head of school Pastor Jong Kim said that the shooter had been a nursing student at Oikos. He would not say if the man had been expelled or dropped out of the nursing programme.
He said he believed there were about 30 or so gunshots and said that he stayed in his office during the shooting.
Myung Soon Ma, the school's secretary, said she could not provide any details about what happened at the small private school, which serves the Korean community with courses from theology to Asian medicine.
'I feel really sad, so I cannot talk right now,' she said, speaking from her home.
School: The shooting took place at Oikos University which aims to teach 'emerging leaders' in Christian education
School: The shooting took place at Oikos University which teaches  'emerging leaders' in Christian education
Safety: The shooting took place at a Korean Christian university and at least four people were taken to the emergency room by ambulance while others were treated on scene
Safety: The shooting took place at a Korean Christian university and at least four people were taken to the emergency room by ambulance while others were treated on scene
Deborah Lee, who was in an English language class, said she heard five to six gunshots at first. 'The teacher said, "Run", and we run,' she said.
'I was OK, because I know God protects me. I'm not afraid of him.'

AMERICA'S DEADLIEST SCHOOL MASSACRES

The deadliest school shooting in U.S. 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.
More recently, graduate student Steven Kazmierczak killed five at Northern Illinois University, his alma mater, on February 14, 2008, then turned the gun on himself.
The 2006 shooting at the Amish West Nickel Mines School attracted national attention after relatives of the five young girls killed by Charles Roberts publicly forgave the killer and sent condolences to his family.
An earlier example of a deadly campus massacre came in 1966, when student and former Marine Charles Whitman killed 16 at the University of Texas at Austin, mostly by shooting from a 28th-floor balcony.
Another bystander saw a woman running away from the scene.
‘One of the people who was inside the building, she was saying there is a crazy guy inside,’ witness Brian Snow told KGO-TV.
‘She did say someone got shot in the chest right next to her before she got taken off in an ambulance.’
One man heard the shootings and saw one of the victims running from the scene.
'I just heard more gunshots. A lady came out running and she had blood on her arm, but I didn't know how bad the wound was,' said Brian Snow, who was at a credit union near the school the at the time of the shooting.
'She was just trying to make sure everyone was safe and took off her jacket and she had a big old hole in her arm,' he told KGO Radio.
California political figures expressed their condolences at the horrific events.
Governor Jerry Brown said: 'The tragic loss of life at Oikos University today is shocking and sad.
'Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends and the entire community affected by this senseless act of violence.'
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer added: 'I am praying for a full and speedy recovery for all those injured in today's shooting.'
And Jean Quan, Mayor of Oakland, called the killing a 'terrible tragedy', but praised police for their response to the incident.
The Oakland shooting came just over a month after a student in Ohio opened fire in his high school cafeteria, killing three students and wounding two others. Prosecutors said they do not know why the alleged gunman, 17-year-old TJ Lane, opened fire but they have ruled out bullying or a drugs motive.
The deadliest school shooting in U.S. 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.

On April 20, 1999, 10 students as young as 15 as well as two members of staff were shot by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at Columbine High School in Colorado.

More recently, graduate student Steven Kazmierczak killed five at Northern Illinois University, his alma mater, on February 14, 2008, then turned the gun on himself.
Captured: After the suspect fled he was reportedly picked up by police in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center
Captured: After the suspect fled he was picked up by police in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center

OIKOS UNIVERSITY: THE SCHOOL AT THE HEART OF THE SHOOTING

Oikos is an independent Korean school that offers undergraduate courses in biblical studies, ministry, nursing and music, among other degrees.
Though it has been open for 10 years, it is not listed on the Department of Education's list of accredited schools.
The school's website says that it is registered with the Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education.
It has classes for an Associate degree in Nursing, doctorate degree in ministry, Bachelors degrees in biblical studies and music, and masters degrees in divinity, music, and Asian medicine.
The school ‘was established specifically to serve the community of Northern California in general and San Francisco and Oakland areas in particular’.

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