Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Shooting Rampage In US University

Gunman kills 7 in US uni rampage
Ex-student held after opening fire in class
3 April 2012

AT least seven people were killed and three injured yesterday after a crazed gunman opened fire at a US university. The shooter is said to have stood up in a class at the Christian college and blasted one victim at point blank range before firing off about 30 shots.

Cops described him as Asian with a heavy build and wearing khaki clothes.

He was caught at the car park of a shopping centre where his relatives work about two hours after the attack, which started at around 10.30am local time. One witness said he was cuffed and taken away in a car.

Police later identified the suspect as 43-year-old One L Goh. Pastor Jong Kim, who founded Oikos University in Oakland, California, a decade ago, said the killer had been a nursing student but was no longer enrolled.

Armed police, including SWAT teams, surrounded the site as officers smashed doors with hammers and stormed the building. Television images showed cops evacuating students.

Four bodies lay outside the school covered by sheets while rescue workers removed at least four more on stretchers.

One witness said last night: "He stood up in the class and just started firing.

"He shot one guy in the chest, shot another person, and just started firing like crazy." Local resident Angie Johnson, 52, saw a young woman leaving the building with "a hole in her arm the size of a coin", who was crying: "I've been shot."

Ms Johnson said the woman told her the killer was a man in her nursing class.

She added: "She said he looked crazy all the time — but they never knew how far he would go."
Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson last night said the situation remained "very tense". She added: "We are interviewing witnesses to try to determine if this person is known to them."

Stunned councillor Larry Reid spoke of the community's grief, saying: "There are seven families that are having to deal with this horrendous act."

Oikos is popular with Catholic Korean students. Its courses include bible studies, but is not accredited by the government.

Its website states: "Students are given a Christian education based on solid Christian doctrine.

"Our main goal is to foster spiritual Christian leaders."

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