A gunman opened fire Monday morning at a private college here, leaving at least seven people dead and three others wounded, according to Oakland officials.
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The Oakland police said that a suspect, described as a man in his 40s, was taken into custody after the shootings at Oikos University, a Christian college in a part of East Oakland with offices, car dealerships and light industry not far from Oakland International Airport.
Cynthia Perkins, the assistant to the director of Oakland Public Safety, said that 10 people were hit by the gunman, seven of them fatally. The Oakland police planned a press conference on Monday evening to release more details. The police got the first word of the shootings at 10:30 a.m., said Officer Kevin McDonald, a spokesman for the Oakland Police Department.
Police officers had locked down the area around the small college, and many of the students and staff members were still inside the building waiting to be released on Monday afternoon. Families clustered outside, along a grassy median, trying to get word from the authorities of when their children, or relatives, would be released. What appeared to be four bodies were laid out under sheets on the median. The injured were taken away in ambulances.
"I heard some gunshots and women screaming, 'Somebody has a gun, run!' " said Deborah Lee, 25, who is studying English as a second language at the school. She said she heard five or six gunshots.
SOURCE: The New York Times