Oakland: A Korean-American arrested over
a massacre at a religious college in California was charged
with seven counts of murder, prosecutors said.
One Goh, 43, who surrendered a short time after the
killings Monday in Oakland, near San Francisco, was also
charged with three counts of attempted murder, said the
Alameda County district attorney`s office.
"The enormity and devastation of these crimes is
unprecedented in Alameda County," District Attorney Nancy E.
O`Malley said in a statement posed on her office`s website.
"My office will work tirelessly to ensure that this
defendant is brought to justice," she added.
The suspect allegedly launched his rampage at the Oikos
University in Oakland in after being expelled, while also
being upset at having been picked on by fellow students,
Identified here as One Goh and by South Korea`s Yonhap
news agency as Ko Won-Il, he opened fire with a .45 caliber
handgun, according to local media reports.
"He was distraught because he was picked on ... He
planned (the attack) several weeks in advance," Oakland police
chief Howard Jordan said Tuesday, adding "he has not shown any
remorse" about the killings.
Some 35 people were in or near the building at the time.
Of those, 10 were hit and five were pronounced dead at the
scene. Two others died later in hospital. Survivors were found
hiding in locked and darkened rooms.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said the city was trying to
recruit more Korean-speaking grief counsellors, saying the
shooting "will leave the community asking questions for a long
The Oakland Tribune reported that the suspect`s brother,
US Army Sergeant Su Wan Ko, died in a traffic accident in
Virginia in March 2011 while on special assignment from a
research institute in Germany.
The college where the shootings took place offers degrees
in nursing, biblical studies and Christian ministry. Its
website says "students are given the opportunity to obtain a
Christian education that is based on solid Christian doctrine