At Least 7 People Are Dead After Asian Male Opens Fire at Christian School …Update: Suspect Is 40 Year-Old Korean …Update: Students Thought Shooter Was Crazy
At least five poeople are dead after a gunman opened fire at Oikos University, a Christian school in Oakland, Calif., this morning.
According to police the gunman fired multiple shots in the school at 10:33 a.m. Police have not said how many people were killed or wounded, but aerial video from the scen shows five bodies laid out under sheets on the school lawn.
Police described the suspect as an Asian male, 5-foot-9, wearing tan pants, according ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco.
Although police have reportedly detained one person, it is unclear if that person was the gunman or if there was a continued threat on campus.
One witness described a chaotic scene in the moments after the shooting. Brian Snow was at a nearby credit union, when he first heard the shots and saw a vicitim run out of the building.
“I just heard more gunshots. A lady came out running and she had blood on her arm, but I didn’t know how bad the wound was,” Snow told KGO Radio. “She was just trying to make sure everyone was safe and took off her jacket and she had a big old hole in her arm.”
UPDATE: The suspect is a 40 year-old Korean student.
Police in nearby Alameda told KCBS that the suspected gunman was taken into custody at a shopping center there at about 12:20 p.m. His identity was not immediately released but the suspect was earlier described by police as a Korean man in his 40s with a heavy build and wearing khaki clothing.
KTVU-TV reported that the shooter was a student and opened fire in a classroom.
UPDATE: Fellow students thought the guy was nuts. He was.
CBS Local reported:
An injured woman told some witnesses that the shooter was a man in her nursing class who got up and shot one person at point-blank range in the chest before spraying the room with bullets.
“One of the people who was inside the building, she was saying there is a crazy guy inside,” said witness Brian Snow, who was quoted by the Associated Press. “She did say someone got shot in the chest right next to her before she got taken off in an ambulance.”
Angie Johnson, another witness, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the injured woman said the gunman “looked crazy all the time, but they never knew how far he would go.”