OAKLAND, Calif. -- Armed with a .45-caliber handgun and carrying four loaded magazines, One L. Goh returned to his former school with a mission to kill, prosecutors say.
Goh, who admitted killing seven people Monday at Oikos University in East Oakland, was charged Wednesday with seven counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and a other felonies that would make him eligible for the death penalty.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley filed the charges just minutes before Goh, 43, appeared in court for an arraignment and two days after the worst mass shooting in the Bay Area in two decades.
"The scope of this murderous rampage is really unprecedented here in Alameda County," O'Malley said at a news conference after Goh's arraignment. "It was of such enormity and brutality that our county, our country and citizens around the world are left reeling."
Court records filed Wednesday and statements given by authorities during the news conference revealed new details about the shooting in which six students and a receptionist died.
O'Malley said Goh was apprehended by a security guard at the Safeway store in Alameda's South Shore Shopping Center who called police at 11:21 a.m. Monday to report a man who admitted he shot several people in Oakland. Several witnesses later identified Goh as the gunman.
Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said Goh walked into the Safeway store and asked a clerk if he could use a telephone. The clerk stood by as Goh called a relative, Jordan said, and overheard the suspect talking about the shooting. The clerk notified store security, Goh was detained and Alameda police were called, Jordan said.
In interviews with Oakland police, Goh admitted that he went to the college with the gun, that he kidnapped a woman in an office and took her to a classroom, that he shot several people and that he took the car keys of one of his victims and left in the victim's vehicle, according to the affidavit.
Jordan said police have recovered the magazines but continue to search along Doolittle Drive for the gun. O'Malley said having the gun as evidence would help but it is not crucial for the prosecution.
"It's one more piece of evidence to present to a jury," O'Malley said. "But we know he used the weapon and we know he is the killer."
During his brief court appearance Wednesday, Goh, looking much as he did in his booking photo, said "Yeah," to confirm his name, and listened as Alameda County Superior Court Judge Sandra Bean read the charges filed against him.
Alameda County Public Defender David Klaus represented him. The court set an April 30 hearing date, during which Goh may enter a plea.
Klaus said he had just met Goh during the lunch hour. "He is extremely remorseful and overcome with sadness. My heart goes out to the family of the victims and the entire community."
Police have said the former student walked into Oikos University's single-building campus and began shooting students because he said they teased him about his age and poor English.
Charging documents identified those killed as Katleen Ping, 24, of Oakland; Judith O. Seymour, 53, of San Jose; Lydia H. Sim, 21, of Hayward; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; Grace Kim, 23, of Union City; Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro; and Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, of San Francisco.
Those injured were identified as Dawinder Kaur, 19, of Santa Clara, who was shot in the arm, Ahmad Javid Sayeed and Grace Kirika; Sayeed's and Kirika's ages and hometowns were not immediately available, nor was the extent of their injuries. All three have since been released from the hospital.
Also on Wednesday, Goh's 72-year-old father told a reporter from the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, "My son saw other students cheating on a test and told the professor but was ignored." After that, Goh's father said, he was ostracized by his classmates and had a hard time keeping up in school.
The father apologized to the victims' families, the newspaper said.
Neither O'Malley nor Jordan would discuss details of the case Wednesday, but conformed that Goh left the school in November on his own and was not expelled. O'Malley also said Goh might have been upset because he was not allowed to get a refund for tuition after he chose to drop out.
(Staff writers Karl Fischer and Kristin J. Bender contributed to this report.)
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