7 Dead in Calif. School Shooting

Three injured; suspect has been detained
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 2, 2012 2:23 PM CDT
Updated Apr 2, 2012 5:18 PM CDT
5 Hurt in Shooting at Calif. Christian School
An Oakland police officer walks outside of Oikos University in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

A gunman opened fire at a Christian university in California today, killing at least seven people and wounding three more, before being captured in a nearby city, authorities said. The gunfire erupted around midmorning at Oikos University in Oakland, police said. Television footage showed heavily armed officers swarming the building in a large industrial park near the Oakland airport. The footage also showed bloodied victims on stretchers being loaded into ambulances. Several bodies covered in sheets were laid out on a patch of grass.

Myung Soon Ma, the school's secretary, said she could not provide any details about what happened at the university, which serves the Korean community with courses from theology to Asian medicine. "I feel really sad, so I cannot talk right now," she said, speaking from her home. "No one can go there because the access is restricted right now." Those connected to the school, including the founder and several students, described the gunman as a former nursing student, though there were conflicting reports about his current status. (More school shooting stories.)

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