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Suspect detained after fatal shooting at E. Oakland college

Oakland and Alameda Police officers search a vehicle at South Shore Shopping Center in Alameda Monday morning where a suspected gunman who shot multiple students at an Oakland, Calif. private college was detained. (California Beat Photo)

Police said they believe a man detained at South Shore Shopping Center in Alameda was the gunman who went on a shooting rampage on the campus of a private college in East Oakland around 10:40 a.m. this morning.

Officers from Alameda and Oakland Police took the man, identified as Wan Goh, 43, into custody at 12:30 p.m. near the center’s Safeway supermarket. Investigators also impounded a newer model dark blue Honda Accord believed to be connected to the shooting, and conducted a search of the parking lot for potential evidence left behind by the suspect.

Police said they received “multiple” 911 calls from students at Oikos University located at 7850 Edgewater Blvd. in East Oakland Monday morning reporting a gunman who opened fire inside a classroom, wounding several students.

Police arrive at the scene of a shooting at Oikos University in Oakland where a gunman went on a shooting rampage Monday morning. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Television news helicopter footage showed students frantically running from the campus, located near the Oakland Coliseum in an industrial portion west of Interstate 880. The footage also showed several bodies covered with yellow tarp, and gunshot victims being hurried to ambulances.

“We just heard gunshots outside the building,” said Luis Garcia, an ESL teacher at the school. “We got in our cars and we left,” he told the Beat.

Oakland Police said that 10 people were shot, 7 of whom are known to be dead. A spokesperson at Highland Hospital in Oakland said four patients were admitted with gunshot wounds.

“My wife was in one of the classrooms and she saw some guy come in and start shooting randomly,” said Tashi Lapo, who received a phone call from his wife after the rampage. “She’s okay now, police moved her into another classroom.”

A SWAT team continued to surround the campus of the school, a private Christian university which, according to its website, houses programs in theology, music, nursing, and Asian medicine. The team conducted a search of the school looking for more victims.

Police officers from Hayward, San Leandro, Berkeley, Alameda and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department are providing mutual aid to the situation.

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  • Alana said:

    Someone reading this is probably contemplating doing the same thing, for whatever reason.
    Please, before you buy a gun, before you pick up a knife, before you build your bomb, before you hurt someone else: THINK IT THROUGH.
    You are part of the human race. Even if your thoughts are violent and angry, you don’t have to act on them to get them out. You are a human being and you deserve love, you deserve to be helped. We all need to be strong sometimes, but when you hurt other people, that means you’ve pushed yourself too far. Have some mercy on yourself. Have some mercy on those you think don’t care. Because if they really understood what you’re suffering, what you’re living with inside your head, they would want you to get help for your own sake, not just theirs.

    Don’t assume nobody can help you. Don’t think you’re alone, that no one can understand you. Don’t ever tell yourself “I had no choice but to do this.” YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE AND YOUR CHOICES MATTER.

    Please, before you pick up a weapon, pick up a phone, even if it means turning yourself in to the police. Act on love instead of anger.
    Thank you for reading.