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7 Killed in Christian College Shooting

The Wall Street Journal reported a Monday morning shooting at a Christian college in Oakland in which  seven were killed and three wounded. A 40-year-old man was taken into custody after he opened fire in a classroom on the campus of Oikos University at about 10:30 in the morning. The campus was placed on lockdown as were the buildings surrounding the campus.

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that authorities would not disclose if the suspect in custody was a student at the school but said they detained the man after an hour-long manhunt that ended in a local grocery store. Witnesses said they were “stunned” by the shooting since the campus is usually a “tranquil atmosphere.” Those who saw the gunman described him as “looking crazy all the time” and appearing sedated. One witness said the gunman shot one person at point-blank range, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Oakland’s City Council president Larry Reid called the day’s shooting “another sad day in my city” and said he was deeply sorrowful over the “senseless violence.” Oikos University is described on its website as an independent Korean school training men and women “for Christian leadership, both lay and clerical.”

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