The man suspected of killing seven people at a Christian college in Oakland felt picked on by other students because his English skills were limited and had planned the attack for several weeks,
OAKLAND, Calif. — The man suspected of killing seven people at a Christian college in Oakland felt picked on by other students because his English skills were limited and had planned the attack for several weeks, police said Tuesday.
One Goh, 43, of Oakland, told police he “came here with the intent of locating an administrator,” months after he had been expelled for behavioral problems, Police Chief Howard Jordan said at a news conference outside Oikos University, the site of Monday’s shooting.
But the woman, whose name wasn’t released, wasn’t there at the time, and “he then went through the entire building, systematically and randomly shooting the victims,” carrying out a rampage he had planned several weeks earlier, the chief said.
The shooting, one of the deadliest campus attacks in California’s history, occurred around 10:30 a.m. at the Christian college affiliated with a Korean-American church, Praise God Korean Church. It is situated in a commercial and industrial area of East Oakland near Oakland International Airport, where there are many Korean-American businesses.
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Among the seven killed were a man and six women, including a secretary who police say was taken as a hostage by Goh near the front of the school early on. The dead were from several countries, including Korea, Nigeria, Nepal and the Philippines and ranged in age from 21 to 40, Jordan said.
Goh had been upset at the administrator, as well as several students “because of the way he was treated when he was enrolled here a few months ago,” said the chief, adding that the suspect may have been expelled from the school “for his behavioral problems”and for issues relating to “anger management.”
Goh, a husky, former nursing student, had also felt picked on and made fun of by other students because his English skills were limited, the chief said.
He left behind a string of debts and minor traffic citations in his former home state of Virginia, where he was evicted from one apartment complex. He also kept hunting and fishing licenses there for several years.
Goh lived in Springfield and Hayes, Va., before moving to California, where he lived in Castro Valley and Oakland. He attended Oikos University before being kicked out several months ago.
Last year, his brother, U.S. Army Sgt. Su Wan Ko, died in an auto wreck in Virginia while on Special Forces training. His mother, Oak Chul Kim, died a year ago in Seoul, where she moved after leaving Oakland, according to her former neighbors in Oakland.
His father, Young Nam Ko, had been living in Oakland but recently moved, the neighbors said. The suspect has another brother, Su Kwon Ko, who lives in Centreville, Va.
Additional information from The New York Times