Shooting outside Christian College

Oakland police searching for gunman who shot five people outside a Christian college, killing at least one person.

OAKLAND, Calif. | April 2, 2012

Police in Oakland said they were searching for a gunman who shot an estimated five people outside a Christian college Monday, killing at least one person.

The suspect, described as a heavy-set Asian male dressed in khaki pants, was being sought by SWAT personnel and other law enforcement officers around Oikos University, a small college that specializes in nursing and religious studies.

A police spokeswoman told reporters the gunman had entered the college and opened fire. The officer said the school caters to Korean students.

Police said there were fatalities in the incident but could not confirm how many or exactly how many people were injured. Initial media reports pegged the total number of people shot at five.

"This is still a fluid situation," the officer said.

KTXL-TV reported the Oakland coroner told reporters two people had died, but the Sacramento station said there was word as many as five people could have died.

The Oakland Tribune said police had thrown up roadblocks around the largely commercial area, which includes the Tribune newsroom and the Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

KGO-TV said the wounded were taken to various local hospitals.

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