Suspect detained after fatal shooting at E. Oakland college
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.
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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