A suspect has been detained in a shooting attack at a private Christian college in Oakland, California, in which seven people have been killed, police said.
Three others were wounded in the shooting at Oikos University on Monday morning. The institution offers studies in theology, music, nursing and Asian medicine.
The suspect, a 43-year-old former student, was taken into custody at a shopping mall several miles away from the scene of the shooting, police said.
Authorities said they believed the gunman had acted alone.
He was named by police as One Goh and described as both a Korean national and a naturalised US citizen from Korea.
|Recent shootings at US educational institutions
Virginia Tech University
April 16, 2007: student kills 33 people including himself
Northern Illinois University
February 14, 2008: former student kills six including himself
University of Alabama
February 12, 2010: professor kills three colleagues after not receiving tenure
Millard High School
January 5, 2011: student kills assistant principal and himself
Chardon High School
Ohio, February 27, 2012: student from nearby school kills three
The institution's founder, Pastor Jong Kim, told the Oakland Tribune newspaper that the gunman had been a nursing student there, but was no longer enrolled. It was not immediately clear why Goh had left.
"We haven't interviewed him yet, so we're still trying to put those pieces together," Oakland police chief Howard Jordan said.
Witnesses said the gunman entered a reception area of the college at mid-morning and opened fire before walking into one of two classes in session and spraying the room with bullets.
'Get in line'
Paul Singh, whose 19-year-old sister Devinder Kaur was shot in the arm during the rampage, told Reuters news agency that according to his sister, the man was a former student who showed up to class for the first time in four months.
"'Get in line and I'm going to kill you all,' is what he said this morning, my sister told me. They thought he was joking at first,'" Singh said.
Tashi Wangchuk said his wife, 28-year-old Dechen Yangzom, was in the second classroom when she heard gunfire.
"Out of instinct, she locked the door and turned off the lights then the guy came and banged on the door and shot several rounds at the door and then he left," Wangchuk said. "The police said what she did was heroic."
The institution does not show up on the US Department of Education's list of accredited colleges, and appears to cater largely to the area's Korean community.
Its website says it trains men and women "for Christian leadership, both lay and clerical." It's not clear how many students attend it, or the size of its faculty.
The shooting came just over a month after a student gunman in Ohio opened fire in a high school cafeteria, killing three students.
It was the deadliest outburst of gun violence at a US educational institution since a Virginia Tech student shot and killed 32 people and himself in a 2007 massacre on that campus.
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