(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Police Monday evening identified a man suspected of opening fire earlier that day at Oikos University, a Christian school in Oakland, Calif., killing at least seven people and wounding three others.
Police identified the suspect as One L. Goh, 43, a Korean national believed to be a resident of Oakland, though Goh surrendered to police at a Safeway supermarket in Alameda, Calif., Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters.
Police planned further questioning of witnesses and the suspect, who had yet to be charged as of 6 p.m. PT, Jordan said.
Officials also were looking for Korean-speaking crisis counselors to address the needs of those touched by the shootings, Mayor Jean Quan said.
“It’s the kind of pain and situation that we won’t understand totally, immediately,” she said, “but will leave the community asking questions for a long time.”
It appeared all the shooting victims were adults, Jordan said, and the numbers of dead and wounded had not changed from earlier in the evening.
“As it stands now, we are confirming that a total of 10 people were injured during this morning’s shooting, seven of which are fatalities,” Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Cynthia Perkins said earlier. “One person has been taken into custody in connection with this shooting.”
According to police, the gunman entered the school at 10:30 a.m. local time and fired multiple shots.
SWAT teams arrived shortly after the shooting and attempted to secure the area, locating victims and trying to get them to safety as they searched for the gunman.
Goh was taken into custody around 11:30 a.m. at a mall in Alameda, about five miles from the school. A security guard at the South Shore Center approached Goh because he was acting suspiciously, ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco reported.
Police believed Goh was the sole shooter, but they were not ruling out the possibility of more suspects, KGO reported.
Goh told the security guard he needed to speak to police because he had shot several people, the guard said. The security guard then called Alameda police. Goh was taken into custody without incident and he was later transferred to Oakland police custody, KGO reported.
A shopper at the mall who saw the man taken into custody said it occurred quietly.
“It looked like they stopped him at the door to, you know, see if he had anything in his pockets that he had stolen,” Lisa Resler said. “There was no fight. He was just wearing a beanie.”
Pastor Jong Kim, who founded the school about 10 years ago, told the Oakland Tribune that the shooter was a former nursing student, though he was unsure whether the man had been expelled or dropped out.
One witness described a chaotic scene in the moments after the shooting. Brian Snow was at a nearby credit union, when he first heard the shots and saw a victim run out of the building.
“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,” Snow told KGO Radio. “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.”
Oikos University is a Christian university that focuses on nursing. The school’s website describes students as “given the opportunity to obtain a Christian education that is based on solid Christian doctrine and ideology. Our main goal is to foster spiritual Christian leaders who abide by God’s intentions and to expand God’s nation through them.”
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire