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Several Dead in Oakland Christian University Shooting

Suspect has been detained, death toll uncertain

Common Dreams staff

Emergency crews respond to the shooting at the California religious school. (CNN)

A gunman opened fired at an Oakland christian university leaving around 3 to 5 people dead Monday afternoon. The total count of fatalities is uncertain, but sources say it could be over 5 people.

Police are saying that a suspect has been detained; they are currently questioning witnesses.

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Suspect detained in Oakland university shooting; sources say at least 5 dead (Associated Press):

"I can confirm that we do have one person who has been detained that we believe is possibly responsible for this shooting," Watson said. [...]

Four victims arrived at Highland Hospital for treatment, said spokeswoman Jerri Randrup.

Earlier, television news footage showed officers surrounding the building in search of the suspect. The footage also showed wounded people being carried out of the building, and more gurneys were being brought in.

"One of the people who was inside the building, she was saying there is a crazy guy inside," witness Brian Snow told KGO-TV. "She did say someone got shot in the chest right next to her before she got taken off in an ambulance."

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Gunman reportedly kills 5 at small Calif. university (MSNBC):

A gunman opened fire Monday morning at a small Christian university in Oakland, Calif., killing at least five people, sources told the Associated Press. Police would only say that more than one person was killed.

The Oakland Police Department said a possible suspect was in custody.

"No imminent public safety threat appears to exist in immediate area," the Oakland Police Department said on its twitter account. [...]

"We’re not confirming any fatalities at this point. Our officers are still on scene and clearing the building. We have up to five victims, possibly more but again we don’t have firm numbers," Sgt. Christopher Bolton told [...]

Police had been looking for a gunman described as a Korean man in his 40s who allegedly carried out the attack on Oikos University, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The man had a heavy build and was wearing khaki clothing, police said.

Oikos says it aims to educate “emerging Christian leaders” and offers courses in theology, music, Asian medicine and nursing.

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