OAKLAND, California, April 5 — A former nursing student was charged with murder and attempted murder yesterday in a shooting rampage that killed seven people and wounded three others this week at a small, Christian college he once attended in California.
The suspect in the shootings at Oakland’s Oikos University, 43-year-old One Goh, described by some at the school as an outsider, appeared in court in a red jumpsuit for a brief arraignment in which the charges were read to him by a judge.
Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said on Tuesday that Goh had been cooperative since being taken into custody but was “not particularly remorseful”.
Jordan said the accused gunman had gone to the school intent on attacking a school administrator and classmates he felt had treated him unfairly. The administrator he sought was not there at the time, but six students and a secretary were killed.
The district attorney said Goh apparently believed the school owed him money.
“There is some information that the defendant wanted some money back for tuition he had paid,” O’Malley said. Although police previously said Goh had been expelled from the college, O’Malley said he decided to leave the university last November.
People who knew Goh said the rampage followed a period of personal tumult for him. His brother, a US Army sergeant, was killed in a car accident last March, and his mother died in South Korea about a year ago. Court records showed he was also involved in a dispute with the owners of an apartment in Virginia who had evicted him and claimed he owed back rent.
Those killed in Oakland included six women and a man, ranging in age from 21 to 53, prosecutors said. The three wounded victims were released from the hospital on Tuesday.
The national origins of the dead were still being sorted out, but police and community leaders said they included immigrants from South Korea, Nigeria, the Philippines and two Tibetan refugees — one from India and one from Nepal. — Reuters