Oikos University shooting

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2012 Oikos University shooting
Location7850 Edgewater Dr, Oakland, California, United States
DateMonday, April 2, 2012
10:30 a.m. (PDT)
TargetOikos University
Attack typeSchool shooting, mass murder
Weapon(s).45-caliber handgun
Suspected perpetratorOne L. Goh
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2012 Oikos University shooting
Location7850 Edgewater Dr, Oakland, California, United States
DateMonday, April 2, 2012
10:30 a.m. (PDT)
TargetOikos University
Attack typeSchool shooting, mass murder
Weapon(s).45-caliber handgun
Suspected perpetratorOne L. Goh

The Oikos University shooting occurred on April 2, 2012, when a gunman shot at people inside Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, California, United States. Within a few hours, the number of reported fatalities reached seven.[1] 43-year-old One L. Goh, a former student at the school, was taken into custody and identified as the suspect in the shootings. Along with the California State University, Fullerton massacre, this was the third-deadliest university shooting in United States history, after the Virginia Tech massacre and the University of Texas Clock Tower shooting and the sixth-deadliest U.S. school massacre overall. It was also the deadliest outburst of gun violence at a U.S. school since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre in which 32 people were killed.[2][3]



The shooting happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Monday, April 2, 2012, when a gunman opened fire with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun with four fully loaded 10-round magazines on the university's campus, located at the Airport Business park in East Oakland, near the Oakland International Airport. The suspected gunman, 43-year-old One L. Goh, stood up in a nursing classroom while class was in session, ordered classmates to line up against the wall, and fired at them. The gunman was reported to have said "Get in line ... I'm going to kill you all!" before opening fire, according to a witness.[4] Seven were reported dead, and three others injured. The attacker continued to fire shots as he fled the campus, driving away in a car belonging to one of the victims. Hours later he surrendered to authorities at a Safeway supermarket in the nearby South Shore area of Alameda, about five miles away from the scene of the shooting.[5][6][7]


One L. Goh
Born(1968-11-18) 18 November 1968 (age 43)[8] [9]
Seoul, South Korea[9][10]
NationalitySouth Korean
Occupationformer nursing student
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGo Su-nam
McCune–ReischauerKo Su-nam

The suspected shooter is 43-year-old One L. Goh (sometimes reported as One Goh Ko), a former student at Oikos University. He was residing in Oakland at the time of the attack.[12][13] A native of South Korea, he followed his parents and two older brothers to the United States at a young age and later[when?] naturalized as a U.S. citizen.[14][10] When Goh arrived to the United States, he first resided in Springfield, a community in Fairfax County, Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C., and then moved to Hayes, in rural southwest Virginia, where he had minor traffic citations and debts. In February 2002 he changed his name from Su Nam Ko because he felt his birth name sounded "like a girl’s name."[15] He then moved from Virginia to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he took up residence in Castro Valley and in Oakland. While a student at Oikos University, he had disciplinary problems, and was asked to leave the school a few months prior to the shooting.[16]

Howard Jordan, the chief of the Oakland Police Department, said the suspect was angry at the administration after being expelled from the university, as well as having his request for a pro-rated tuition fee reversal on his $6000 payment denied by Ellen Cervellan, one of the school's administrators.[17] School officials later said he had not been expelled.[18][19] Jordan said Goh went to Oikos with "the intent of locating [a female] administrator", but when learning she was not there, he opened fire at random people.[20] Jordan said Goh "was also upset that students in the past, when he attended the school, mistreated him, disrespected him, and things of that nature."[20] More than a year earlier, on March 8, 2011, Goh's brother (Sgt. Su Wan Ko, an administrative non-commissioned officer in the United States Army) had been killed in an automobile accident in Virginia while on assignment for the George C. Marshall Center.[21][22]


Seven people were killed and three were injured.[3]

Those reported killed include the following:

Those reported injured include the following:

See also


  1. ^ (April 2, 2012). Death toll rises to 7 in Oakland religious school shooting, Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ "Oikos University Shooting: Suspect, One L. Goh, Detained; At Least 7 Dead Gilligan Mohney". Scott Hotard (World News). 2012-04-02. http://abcnews.go.com/US/oikos-university-shooting-police-dead/story?id=16056854. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  3. ^ a b c "7 killed in US shootout; Indian-American girl among injured". April 3, 2012. http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Americas/7-killed-in-US-shootout-Indian-American-girl-among-injured/Article1-834655.aspx. 
  4. ^ "'Get in line ... I'm going to kill you all': Oakland shooter ID'd as ex-student One L. Goh (VIDEO)". Global Post. April 2, 2012. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120403/one-goh-oakland-oikos-shooting-christian-video. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Medical School Shooting: Multiple Victims In Oakland, California | World News | Sky News". News.sky.com. http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16201382. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "BBC News – 'Fatalities' in California university shooting". Bbc.co.uk. August 10, 2009. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17590859. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Stevens, Matt (April 2, 2012). "'Multiple fatalities' in Oakland religious school shooting — latimes.com". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/la-oakland-college-shooting2-m,0,5893892.story. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ (April 2, 2012). Update: Oikos University shooting *One L. Goh allegedly confesses, charged with 7 counts of murder; victims identified*, My Life of Crime
  9. ^ a b (April 2, 2012). Health Care Judgments, , Bible News
  10. ^ a b "내성적인 성격에 왕따 당했다는 얘기도; 용의자 고원일은 누구 (Introverted character, said to be outcast; who is suspect Goh One-il?)", Hankook Ilbo, 2012-04-03, http://news.hankooki.com/lpage/world/201204/h2012040320515422450.htm, retrieved 2012-04-03 . Quote: "미국 시민권자인 용의자 고원일씨는 어려서 부모를 따라 미국으로 이주한 한인 1.5세다 ... 3형제의 막내로 미혼인 고씨는 최근 개인적 불행을 연거푸 겪었는데 그것이 범행을 자극했을 수 있다고 주변 사람들은 전했다."
  11. ^ "미 총기사건 용의자 한국명은 '고수남' (Korean name of U.S. shooting suspect, is Goh Su-nam)", Seoul Broadcasting System, 2012-04-04, http://news.sbs.co.kr/section_news/news_read.jsp?news_id=N1001141299, retrieved 2012-04-05 . Quote: "미국 샌프란시스코 주재 한국총영사관 관계자는 "미 정부 측이 용의자의 한국 이름이 68년생 '고수남'이라고 확인해 줬다"고 전했습니다."
  12. ^ Oikos University Shooting: Suspect, One L. Goh, Detained; At Least 7 Dead
  13. ^ (April 2, 2012). Ex-student ID'd as suspect in shooting at Oikos University in California that killed 7, Fox News (Associated Press story)
  14. ^ (April 2, 2012). Former student opens fire at Oakland university, killing 7 , Hinterland Gazette
  15. ^ Associated Press (April 5, 2012). Calif. school shooting suspect changed name because his birth name sounded 'like a girl.' Washington POst
  16. ^ (April 2, 2012). [1], San Francisco Chronicle
  17. ^ (April 2, 2012). [2], Alternet
  18. ^ "Police: California shooting suspect shows no remorse". CNN. 3 April 2012. http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/03/us/california-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t3. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  19. ^ La Ganga, Maria L.; Stevens, Matt (April 4, 2012). Oakland shooting suspect called loner, loser. Los Angeles Times
  20. ^ a b "Oakland shooting suspect One Goh 'was targeting university official'". Metro. April 3, 2012. http://www.metro.co.uk/news/895021-suspected-oakland-gunman-one-goh-was-targeting-female-university-official. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  21. ^ (March 17, 2011). Marshall center honors soldier killed in auto accident, Stars and Stripes
  22. ^ (April 3, 2012). One L. Goh, Oikos University Shooting Suspect, Was Upset About Being Teased Over Poor English Skills: Police, The Huffington Post
  23. ^ a b c (April 2, 2012). Former Nursing Student One Goh Ko Arrested for Killing Seven, Wounding Three at Oikos University, Hinterland Gazette
  24. ^ "In Memory of Doris Chibuko, Killed in the Tragic Oikos University Shooting". April 3, 2012. http://www.seiu-uhw.org/2012/04/05/doris-chibuko/. 
  25. ^ a b (April 2, 2012). UPDATE: Victim in Oikos University Shooting is Grace Kim, a Foothill Alum, Pleasanton Patch
  26. ^ (April 2, 2012). Oakland massacre gunman's boasts about violence revealed as relatives mourn students shot 'because they didn't do what he said', Daily Mail
  27. ^ a b Rosynsky, Paul T. (April 4, 2012). Oakland university shooting: One Goh charged with seven counts of murder, may be eligible for death penalty. San Jose Mercury News