By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — The man accused of killing seven people execution-style at a small religious college in Oakland, California, “does not appear to be remorseful at all,” the city’s police chief said Tuesday.
Former student One Goh, 43, told authorities he was upset at being expelled from Oikos University earlier this year, Police Chief Howard Jordan said. He was “upset with the administration,” Jordan said, and told police he had been “picked on” and “wasn’t treated fairly” by other students or administrators.
Investigators believe Goh walked into the single-story building housing the university Monday morning, took a receptionist hostage and went looking for a particular female administrator, who was not there, Jordan told CNN.
Goh took the woman into the classroom, but when he realized the administrator was not there, he shot the secretary and then lined students up against a wall and shot them one by one, Jordan said.
The gunman told students, “I’m going to kill you all,” according to CNN affiliate KTLA.
“This was a calculated, cold-blooded execution in the classroom,” Jordan said. The suspect “just felt a certain urge to inflict pain on them,” he said of the victims.
After the shooting, the man left the classroom, reloaded his semi-automatic weapon and returned, firing into several classrooms, Jordan said.
He ended his rampage by driving off in a victim’s car, police said. In all, seven people were killed and three others wounded.
“This happened within minutes,” Jordan said. “We don’t think the victims had any opportunity to resist, any opportunity to surrender.”
The suspect was arrested a short time after the shooting, when he surrendered to police at a grocery store in the Oakland suburb of Alameda, Jordan said.
The details of the shooting at the private Christian college in east Oakland surfaced early Tuesday as Goh underwent police questioning.
Goh offered no resistance when arrested, Jordan said, and was “very cooperative, very matter-of-fact, very calm.” Under questioning, Goh “remembered very good details” about the incident, he said.
However, he “does not appear to be remorseful at all,” and would not tell police where the weapon was located, Jordan said. Investigators plan to search for the gun on Tuesday, he said.
Goh was dismissed from the school earlier this year, Jordan said. Jong Kim, a pastor who founded the school a decade ago, told the Oakland Tribune that Goh was a former nursing student.
He was deeply in debt and had tens of thousands of dollars in tax liens, including from the Internal Revenue Service, according to CNN affiliate KGO. Goh’s brother, a staff sergeant in the Army, died last year in a car accident while training with the Special Forces, KGO said.
Police expect to present the case to the district attorney for possible charges in the next few days, Jordan said.
The college, which caters to the Korean-American Christian community, offers degrees in theology, music, nursing and Asian medicine, according to its website.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said most of the victims appeared to be from the city’s Korean-American community, and the city was working to find multilingual counselors to help survivors.
“No American mayor wants to have this situation,” she said. “It seems over the last decade, we’ve gotten used to seeing senseless mass killings like this, and we’ll have to question the availability of guns and the need for other services in our community.”
Gunfire erupted inside the building about 10:30 a.m. Monday.
A witness, Brian Snow, said he was at a nearby credit union when shots rang out.
“In Oakland, sometimes things like that happen, but it dies over,” he said. But this time, he said, “I went outside and the cops were coming and like ‘Don’t move, don’t move,’ and it started getting chaotic. … A pedestrian came out with a bullet hole, and I was like, ‘Getting really crazy right now.’”
He said after shots rang out, he called the credit union to tell them to lock their doors and also called the nearby restaurant where he works, but “all I could do was just lay on the ground and wait.”
Lucas Garcia, who was teaching an English class at the college when the rampage began, told KGO that he counted about six gunshots from a nearby nursing classroom.
Garcia said he heard someone yell, “He’s got a gun,” and he got his students out of the building while the gunfire continued.
Several of the survivors, including the wounded, hid behind locked doors or desks as the shooting went on.
Tashi Wangzon said that when his wife, a student, heard the shots, she locked the door to her classroom and turned off the lights.
“The man with the gun later came toward the room and, at the time, he fired several rounds at the door,” Wangzon told KGO. “Then he left (when he thought nobody was there).”
Lisa Resler said she encountered Goh as she went into a Safeway in Alameda to pick up groceries.
“He was by the front door,” she told CNN. “There’s a restroom that’s right by the front door of the Safeway. We made eye contact with each other.”
She said the man looked “a little bit distraught. He did look like he was a little bit sweaty and a little bit discombobulated.”
When she came out of the store, the man was being arrested out front, she said. At the time she thought he had been caught shoplifting.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, who served as Oakland’s mayor from 1999 to 2007, called the killings “shocking and sad.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends and the entire community affected by this senseless act of violence,” Brown said in a statement issued by his office.
Tuesday evening, a grieving community will hold a memorial service for the victims at the Korean Methodist Church.
Officials said they may have to change the location if the church isn’t large enough to hold all those who plan to attend.
What a jackass. What goes around comes around, my friend, and now all of the US knows what a jerk you are.
Oh, and good job giving a bad name to all the other “1%-ers” who don’t act this way… I’m sure they really appreciate the bad rap you have given them.
MILLBRAE, Calif. – A Californian woman has been picked up by police after trying to sell a $1,400 purse back to the person it was stolen off — her next-door neighbor.
The victim found the purse being offered for sale on the internet soon after it, and a pair of shoes, were taken from the doorstep of her apartment building in San Jose, the San Mateo County Times reported Monday.
She arranged to meet the seller in the city of Millbrae and called police.
Elizabeth Kidd, the victim’s neighbor, was later arrested trying to sell the stolen goods — telling police someone had given them to her.
The 36-year-old was booked into San Mateo County jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property.
Yesterday I heard about this story on the news and was abolsutely appalled. This man, Sloan Briles, supposedly got drunk on a sightseeing cruise and, when he got in an argument with his girlfriend and his 7-year-old started crying, he threw his son overboard. This is after several witnesses also said he was repeatedly hitting his son as well.
Here is a portion of the story, as told by the Huffington Post:
Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said Briles, 35, was on the tour with his girlfriend and two sons from a previous marriage. Amormino said they got into an argument and Briles threatened to toss the boy into the water if he didn’t stop crying.
Staff members on the 42-foot boat said Briles told the boy he needed to toughen up then threw him into the water five feet below, said Charlie Maas, who oversees the tour company.
Briles was taken into custody for child endangerment and resisting arrest. He denied witnesses’ accounts that the boy was crying and said he had never hit his son.
His girlfriend told the New York Daily News that he was only “roughhousing” with his son as he often does and regretted his “stupid” judgment.
Read the article if you’d like, but you can actually watch this loser try to defend his actions in this video. Hopefully his children will stay with their mother and not have to endure any more abuse from this lunatic.
I would embed the CNN video, but for some reason CNN has made it so that no one can see the embedding code — BUT I think it is crucial that you watch it here to understand the story in its entirety.
This is the story of Kelly Thomas, a homeless drifter who was suffering from schizophrenia, who was savagely beaten into a coma by six California police officers. He later died of his injuries. Why was he attacked? Because the officers had gotten a call suggesting Thomas was trying to break into a car. Instead of investigating this claim, they kicked, punched, and assulted Thomas until he was physically unrecognizable.
There is a huge “Justice 4 Kelly Thomas” Facebook page, where there is a more in-depth explanation of events:
His screams and the cries for his father, “Dad!”, “Dad!”, “Dad!”… can be heard amid the tasering noises that a witness caught on tape. Witnesses allegedly also heard the officer’s keep repeating to him to “Stop resisting!”, but they have said that not only was he NOT resisting, for much of the beating he was unconscious.
He was (allegedly) unconscious when an officer bashed in his skull with the butt of his taser gun, and he was (allegedly) unconscious when another officer jump kicked him a number of times and crushed in his throat and nasal cavity.
There were apparently several witnesses to this crime, and the local community is now in an uproar. There is also a video recording of what happened, though it has not been released because of the pending investigation. The FBI is now involved.
I am absolutely disgusted by this story, along with every other story about rogue police officers who decide that violently assaulting someone is within their rights. If a gang of six thugs did this to Kelly Thomas, you bet they would be in jail right now. These cops need to be indicted and held accountable for their deplorable actions.
I’m so sick of hearing these stories about police officers (who are “serving” and “protecting” our communities) who use their positions to abuse innpcent civilians. There are way too many instances where a cop’s gun “accidentally” shoots an unarmed suspect, or a compliant suspect is beaten into the ground because the police officers attacking him are on a power trip.
I’ll be watching what happens in this case, and my thoughts go out to Thomas’ father. Meanwhile, I encourage you to stay tuned by joining the Facebook page and making your voice heard as well.