Police Seek Answers in Christian University Shooting

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Police are continuing to investigate a shooting that left seven dead at a small Christian university in Oakland, Calif., Monday.

New information on the suspect and more details on the terrifying and chaotic events that took place inside the Oikos University building are surfacing today.

The first shots rang out at 10:30 a.m. It took police only three minutes to make it to the campus, but to the students and faculty, it seemed like an eternity.

"We heard at least half a dozen gunshots and we heard somebody say, he has a gun -- or somebody has a gun -- and then I evacuated the classroom," English teacher Lucas Garcia said. 

Police say One L. Goh, 43, entered a classroom, ordered everyone to line up against the wall, and then opened fire. Policemen surrounded the building and swat officers searched the hallways looking for survivors.     

"There were several people hiding in a locked building -- locked doors -- behind desks, as you can image, very frightened, very scared," Officer Howard Jordan, with the Oakland Police Department, said.

Oikos, a small Christian university with about 100 students, is geared mostly toward Korean Americans.

"They teach the Bible -- a lot of it --and you know, English, nursing," Garcia said. "It's very -- I would never expect anything like this."

Police say the suspect is a former student at the school though they don't yet have a motive for the shooting. Goh was arrested at a shopping center about 90 minutes after the shootings took place.

"It's the kind of pain and situation that we won't understand immediately," Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said.

City Council member Larry Reid lamented the violence, seen so often in the city.

"It's just another sad day in my city," he said.

Some reports say the suspect was facing deep financial problems and that his mother and brother had died during the past year.

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