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Gunman Kills 7, Wounds 3 at Calif. College

April 02, 2012  | 

A former student opened fire in a classroom at a small independent university in Oakland Monday morning, killing seven and wounding three others.

The gunman was taken into custody by police in the parking lot of a shopping mall near Oikos University, KTVU reports. SWAT teams searched the school for more victims and other possible suspects.

For about an hour after the shooting, authorities believed the shooter might still be on campus. They now believe the shooter, who is reported to be a former student in his 40s, acted alone.

Oikos University offers classes in theology, music and nursing.

Tags: Campus Safety, California, Active Shooters


Comments (5)

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Billy @ 4/3/2012 12:42 AM

When are the colleges, universities and even high schools going to wise up are realize they are hunting grounds for crazed active shooters? The days of unarmed "security" on campuses is over; there needs to be highly visible, armed police and plainclothes all trained for active shooter scenarios. We're armimg airline pilots...how about professors and teachers?

Al @ 4/3/2012 4:51 AM

I totally agree with comment #1. Well stated.

Metro @ 4/3/2012 9:58 AM

Arming professors and teachers is wise ONLY if the individual is firearms AND engagement-competent. Their focus is instructing and student interaction, not weapon concealment, retention, and deployment. As a matter of policy, armed response to shooting incidents should be tasked to law enforcement and on-site security personnel. Responding to active shooters requires more than a self-defense mind-set, and that tasking should befall trained tactical professionals that are employed by the institution for that very reason. Reality demands our entire society recognize our educational institutions are managed by liberal policy and those that write it that would rather ignor the fact that not everyone sees the world of butterflies and blue skies. Weapons don't deploy themselves. A gun doesn't select it's targets and doesn't feel good or bad about the results of its use. It doesn't conceal itself or walk itself into a school or mall or church or post office or factory. People do these things, of course. It's their will and intent and motive that cause the use of a gun. And guns ARE used, WILL BE used, and have ALWAYS been used in our society, and Americans will always command the choice to have and use them. Period. It's why our national enemies won't engage us on our streets and in our towns because our society doesn't have to count on our government to provide our security. We choose to allow it. And we should entrust immediate response to active shooters to them now. It can only work if it is a universal policy to provide on-site security that is there primarily to respond to emergency situations. It won't be enough to write a policy and not fund it. It won't be enough to hire guards for the appearance of protection and count entirely on an officer presence to serve as a deterrence.

Mark @ 4/3/2012 10:25 AM

In every college that I have attended I can't think of a professor or teacher that I would trust with the responsibility of carrying a firearm. Most of them believe guns are evil.

gp cobb @ 4/3/2012 10:53 AM

I agree with Mark, Metro: very eloquently written but I see no obvious solution in your paragraph. When the duty to protect law comes to fruition for the concealed carry holder or open carry for the qualified occurs, it will make most but the determined criminal examine their occupation; YMMV.

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