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Accused Oakland School Shooter Charged, Could Face Death Penalty

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The man accused of one of the deadliest school shootings in California history was charged with seven counts of murder Wednesday and three counts of attempted murder.

One L. Goh, a former student at Oikos University in Oakland who allegedly shot up a classroom because he was angry at the administration and classmates, could also face the death penalty due to a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders.

Court documents reveal that the 43-year-old suspect admitted to bringing a .45 caliber handgun to Oikos last Monday and shooting several people before he fled and surrendered peacefully at a nearby supermarket.

Conversations with people who knew Goh in the past describe him as someone who had both money issues and problems relating to people.

A nursing instructor at the Christian university said that Goh felt that his classmates disrespected him because of his age.  Meanwhile, the nursing program director who says she was Goh's original target believes he was angered by the fact that he couldn't receive a full tuition refund after dropping out of the program last fall.

Meanwhile, the school expelled Goh last January without mentioning the reasons why.

On Tuesday night, friends and family members of the victims along with community members gathered for a candlelight vigil to mourn the dead.

Those killed were: Katleen Ping, 24, of Oakland; Lydia Sim, 21, of Hayward; Bhutia Tshering, 38, of San Francisco; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; Judith Seymore, 53, of San Jose; Kim Eunhea, 23, of Union City; and Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro.

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Oakland School Shooting: Suspect Had Grudge, Thousands in Debt

KGO-TV(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The former student who authorities say gunned down and killed several people at an Oakland, Calif. nursing college held a grudge against school officials, according to Oakland police. One L. Goh was deeply in debt with tens of thousands of dollars in federal tax liens against him and had two deaths in his immediate family last year.

Goh, a 43-year-old Korean national, was apprehended Monday at a local supermarket about an hour after he allegedly killed seven people and injured three others during a shooting rampage at Oakland's Oikos University.  Five victims died at the scene, while another two died after being transported to a local hospital.  There is still no information on the other three victims.

"We've learned that the suspect was upset with the administration at the school.  He was also upset that students in the past, when he attended the school, mistreated him, disrespected him, and things of that nature," Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America.  "He was having, we believe, some behavioral problems at the school and was asked to leave several months ago."

"We've learned that this was a very chaotic, calculated and determined gentleman that came there with a very specific intent to kill people, and that's what his motive was and that's what he carried out," Jordan added.

Goh left behind a string of debts and minor traffic citations in his former home state of Virginia and was evicted from one apartment complex in the state, according to ABC News' Bay Area affiliate KGO.  Goh had been kicked out of Oikos University several months ago, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

An unidentified source also told the paper that Goh might have been involved in a dispute with campus officials.

Goh also lost two family members within the past 13 months, according to the Chronicle.  His brother, U.S. Army Sgt. Su Wan Ko, died in March 2011 in an auto wreck in Virginia while on special forces training, the Chronicle reported.  His mother, Oak Chul Kim, died a year ago in Seoul, according to a neighbor who told the Chronicle that she had moved there after deciding to leave Oakland.  Goh's father, Young Nam Ko, had been living in Oakland but recently moved, neighbors said.

Goh also had federal tax liens in 2006 and 2009 totaling more than $23,000, the Chronicle reported, adding that he managed to pay off some amount of his tax debt.

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Oikos University Shooting Suspect Identified; 7 Dead

KGO-TV(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Police Monday evening identified a man suspected of opening fire earlier that day at Oikos University, a Christian school in Oakland, Calif., killing at least seven people and wounding three others.

Police identified the suspect as One L. Goh, 43, a Korean national believed to be a resident of Oakland, though Goh surrendered to police at a Safeway supermarket in Alameda, Calif., Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters.

Police planned further questioning of witnesses and the suspect, who had yet to be charged as of 6 p.m. PT, Jordan said.

Officials also were looking for Korean-speaking crisis counselors to address the needs of those touched by the shootings, Mayor Jean Quan said.

"It's the kind of pain and situation that we won't understand totally, immediately," she said, "but will leave the community asking questions for a long time."

It appeared all the shooting victims were adults, Jordan said, and the numbers of dead and wounded had not changed from earlier in the evening.

"As it stands now, we are confirming that a total of 10 people were injured during this morning's shooting, seven of which are fatalities," Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Cynthia Perkins said earlier. "One person has been taken into custody in connection with this shooting."

According to police, the gunman entered the school at 10:30 a.m. local time and fired multiple shots.

SWAT teams arrived shortly after the shooting and attempted to secure the area, locating victims and trying to get them to safety as they searched for the gunman.

Goh was taken into custody around 11:30 a.m. at a mall in Alameda, about five miles from the school. A security guard at the South Shore Center approached Goh because he was acting suspiciously, ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco reported.

Police believed Goh was the sole shooter, but they were not ruling out the possibility of more suspects, KGO reported.

Goh told the security guard he needed to speak to police because he had shot several people, the guard said. The security guard then called Alameda police. Goh was taken into custody without incident and he was later transferred to Oakland police custody, KGO reported.

A shopper at the mall who saw the man taken into custody said it occurred quietly.

"It looked like they stopped him at the door to, you know, see if he had anything in his pockets that he had stolen," Lisa Resler said. "There was no fight. He was just wearing a beanie."

Pastor Jong Kim, who founded the school about 10 years ago, told the Oakland Tribune that the shooter was a former nursing student, though he was unsure whether the man had been expelled or dropped out.

One witness described a chaotic scene in the moments after the shooting. Brian Snow was at a nearby credit union, when he first heard the shots and saw a victim run out of the building.

"I just heard more gunshots. A lady came out running and she had blood on her arm, but I didn't know how bad the wound was," Snow told KGO Radio. "She was just trying to make sure everyone was safe and took off her jacket and she had a big old hole in her arm."

Oikos University is a Christian university that focuses on nursing. The school's website describes students as "given the opportunity to obtain a Christian education that is based on solid Christian doctrine and ideology. Our main goal is to foster spiritual Christian leaders who abide by God's intentions and to expand God's nation through them."

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