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News Wrap: At Least 7 Killed in Shooting at Oikos University in Oakland

April 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM EDT

HARI SREENIVASAN: A gunman opened fire at a Christian college in Oakland, Calif., this morning. Police reported at least seven people were killed and three wounded.

A short time ago, I spoke to Rachel Dornhelm of KQED Public Radio, who was on the scene in Oakland, and began by asking her what happened.

RACHEL DORNHELM, KQED Public Radio: This morning, there was a — police would say they received a 911 call from Oikos University, reports of a multiple shooting. Police are saying this — tragic incident.

They seem to have the shooter in this incident. They took someone into custody far from the university or at least not on the university’s site a little bit later in the morning. They’re still being very careful and have SWAT teams searching the building and area to see if there might be anyone else who was involved.

HARI SREENIVASAN: And we saw pictures of helicopters hovering over the area. We basically saw some of the victims laid out on the lawn, right?

RACHEL DORNHELM: Yes. That was the scene here.

This area is in a low industrial park, very close to the Oakland Airport. A lot of people in the adjoining office building said they didn’t know about anything because it is so spread out. But there was this drama unfolding. And information is coming out that students were escorted from the building in the aftermath and put directly into armored vehicles and taken away by Oakland Police Department.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Have the police released any information about the suspect they have in custody?

RACHEL DORNHELM: No. There’s very little known about both the suspect and the victims at this time.

There are some reports that it may have been a former or current nursing student at this university, but the police said they’re busy talking to witnesses. It’s an ongoing investigation. They’re not releasing any confirmation.

HARI SREENIVASAN: All right, Rachel Dornhelm, thanks so much for your time from KQED News.


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