At 10.30a.m. yesterday (2 April) morning, a man opened fire at Oikos University, killing seven people and wounding three others, according to police reports.
Survivors tell how the man, who is described as Korean and in his 40s by witnesses, is thought to be a former nursing student of the college. Accounts tell of how he stood up in a nursing class, aimed his gun at one student in particular and began to fire around 30 shots.
The Californian police arrested a suspect at a shopping centre situated around 8km from the scene. Oakland city officials do not believe that the gunman had any accomplices, and have yet to identify him or offer a statement offering a motive for the attack.
“We do believe this person may be responsible for this shooting and that’s what we’re following up with our investigators and our officers are looking into the details of that right now,” said Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson.
“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,” says witness Brian Snow to local station 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 the second shooting to happen in two months after a student gunman in Ohio opened fire in a high school cafeteria just over a month ago, killing three students. The Oikos Univesity offers courses in theology, nursing, music and Asian medicine.
The college’s website states; “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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