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7 killed, 3 wounded in Oakland shooting

Ex-nursing student opened fire at a Christian college in Oakland, Calif.

OAKLAND, Calif | April 2, 2012

An ex-nursing student allegedly opened fire at a Christian college in Oakland, Calif., Monday killing seven people and wounding three others, authorities said.

The Oakland Tribune reported police said the suspect was arrested at Alameda's South Shore Center after the shooting spree at Oikos University in Oakland.

Witnesses told the newspaper a victim who had fled the building said a man in the classroom stood up and used a handgun to shoot one student in the chest before firing at others in the classroom.

The names of the suspect and victims had not been released.

Lisa Resler, 41, told the Tribune she was leaving an Alameda Safeway store when she saw a young Asian man wearing a beanie confronted by store security and then taken away by police. She said he appeared "very sedated" as he was handcuffed.

Police said the shooting started shortly before 10:30 a.m. and sent panicked students running from the building. Some of the wounded were treated at the shooting scene and others were driven away in ambulances, the newspaper reported.

The suspect had been described by authorities as a heavy-set Asian male dressed in khaki pants.

Pastor Jong Kim said the alleged shooter had previously been a nursing student at the university, but was no longer enrolled. Kim said he was unsure whether the shooter had been expelled or dropped out voluntarily.

Kim said he heard about 30 shots fired.

"I stayed in my office," he said.

Oikos University is a small college specializing in nursing and religious studies, and caters to Korean students.

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

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