Gunman Kills 7, Wounds 3 at California Religious School

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Oakland, California say a former student opened fire at a Korean-American Christian college Monday, killing seven people and wounding three others.

Authorities said the 43-year-old suspect is a Korean national who surrendered shortly after the shooting.

Witnesses say the suspect shot one of his victims at a reception desk at Oikos University before spraying bullets inside classrooms.

Student Deborah Lee said she heard the gunshots and fled.

“The first time when I heard it, I thought it was fireworks or just joking, but right after that one woman screamed a lot, shouting, and then my teacher went outside to check and then he said one woman told them, that somebody has a gun, run, and then we all of us in class just ran away.”

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan called the shooting “shocking and senseless.” He described the scene as “extremely chaotic” and said police found frightened survivors hiding inside the building behind desks and locked doors.

Oikos University founder, Pastor Jong Kim, tells the Oakland Tribune newspaper that the shooter is a former nursing student. Kim said he did not know whether the suspect was expelled from the school or dropped out.

The gunman's motive is also unknown.