martes, 3 de abril de 2012

Seven Killed in Campus Shooting

Oakland, Calif.—A gunman opened fire in a classroom of an independent Christian college here Monday morning, killing as many as seven people and wounding at least three.

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Alameda County Coroners and Oakland Police prepare bodies for removal from the street median in front of Oikos University after an alleged gun man opened fire inside the university on April 2.

The Oakland Police Department said officers took a suspect into custody shortly after noon, after cordoning off several blocks around the school campus for more than an hour as they conducted a search.

The shooting took place at Oikos University, which offers programs including in nursing, theology, music and Asian medicine. The school is in a warehouse area near the Oakland International Airport.

Officer Johanna Watson, spokeswoman for the police department, said police had detained a "person of interest" in the shooting she described only as a 40-year-old Asian male. The department declined to provide further details about the incident, including casualties, until a press conference scheduled for later in the day.

At least five people were killed in a shooting at a Christian university in Oakland, Calif., Monday. A suspect has been detained, according to Oakland PD. Watch aerial footage following the shooting.

Calls to Oikos went unanswered Monday. On the school's website, President Jongin Kim described the school's mission as spiritually based. "Our main goal is to foster spiritual Christian leaders who abide by God's intentions and to expand God's nation through them," Ms. Kim said on the website of the college, which lists the annual tuition as $25,000.

The shooting is the latest to hit a school campus in the U.S. So far this year, nine people have been killed in shootings at five other campuses.

Occupants of buildings surrounding the school were ordered not to leave their premises. "We're on lockdown, nobody goes in or out," said a woman who answered the telephone at the Alameda County Food Bank, who declined to give her name.

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Police officers walk on Edgewater Drive after a shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, Calif.

Dozens of emergency vehicles surrounded the school, which sits in a mixed industrial-retail area ear a Wal-Mart and Toyota dealership and across a freeway from the Coliseum—the home of the Oakland Raiders football team and A's baseball club that used to be known as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Tashi Balo, 38, a videographer, said he got a call at about 10:30 a.m. from his wife, Lulu, 36, a student at the school. She urged him in a hushed tone to call the police because "multiple gunmen" had entered the building and started shooting. There were no other reports of multiple gunmen.

Mr. Balo placed the call and then rushed to the scene from his Richmond, Calif., residence. He waited by a nearby Toyota dealership for word from his wife, who had enrolled at the school two months ago for vocational nursing training.

"I was shocked when I first got the call and of course worried and upset," he says. "My wife is fine now, but I was very scared earlier."

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