California Gunman Angry at Exclusion

A gunman went on a shooting rampage at a small religious college in Oakland, California on Monday, killing seven people and injuring three. The school, Oikos University, caters to the Korean Christian community in California and the gunman was an American citizen of Korean descent.

Police did not release the names of the victims, but Oakland police chief Howard Jordan said the dead included Koreans, Nigerians and Nepalese and consisted of six women between 21 and 40 and one man. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said, most of the victims were Korean. Local Korean media there reported that one of the dead was 21-year-old Shim Hyun-joo.

Students and onlookers at Oikos University talk amongst themselves at the scene of a multiple shooting at the school in Oakland, California on Monday. /Reuters

According to police, One Goh (43), who had attended nursing classes at the college but was expelled, held a receptionist hostage at gunpoint at 10:33 a.m. on Monday and searched for a female administrator at the school. Failing to find the administrator, Goh entered a nursing classroom and made the students stand along the wall and shot them with a .45-caliber pistol. The police chief in the city said it was a "calculated, cold-blooded execution in the classroom."

Goh fired more rounds outside of the classroom and had already escaped in the car of one of the victims when police arrived at the scene. Goh was later arrested at a nearby supermarket.

Although an exact motive remains unclear, Goh was apparently enraged by his expulsion from the college after failing to keep up with his school work and by teasing from fellow students about his poor English.

Oikos University was founded in 2004 by Korean-American pastor Kim Jong-in (61) and around half of its 100 students are Korean.

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