Gary Reyes / San Jose Mercury News
A recently expelled student of Oikos University in Oakland has killed several students attending class at the university. One L. Goh, 43, entered a classroom and opened fire, killing six female students. He later gunned down and killed a man in the parking lot, stealing his car to leave the scene of the crime.
Five people died at the scene Monday morning. Two others died after being transported to hospitals. Three injured suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said, and Watson told The Times on Tuesday that one of injured victims had been released from the hospital.
Goh was arrested Monday afternoon a few miles away from Oikos, in front of a Safeway supermarket in Alameda.
With only a few hundred students, Oikos University fills a particular and unusual niche, enrolling a heavily Korean student body and offering classes only in Bible study, nursing and music, according to its website. Larry Reid, who is Oakland’s City Council president and represents the district where the college is located, said he had been unaware of the school’s existence until its low profile was shattered Monday by the shootings, which earned the school a sudden, nightmarish notoriety.
“Today there are a number of individuals who lost their lives to senseless violence,” Reid said. “It’s just another sad day in my city.”
The violence will go down as among California’s worst shooting rampages. Last year, a gunman opened fire at a Seal Beach hair salon, killing nine people. In 1984, James Huberty killed 21 people at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro. In 1976, a former Marine opened fire at the Cal State Fullerton library, killing seven people. LA Times, 2 April 2012.
Investigators suspect that Goh was targeting a female administrator. It is unknown if she was responsible for expelling him from the university.
Our condolences to the families and friends of the victims.