7 dead in US college shooting
OAKLAND, California - Seven people were killed Monday in a shooting at a private religious college near San Francisco, the head of the local city council said.
"There are 7 (families) now that are having to deal this horrendous act," Oakland City Council president Larry Reid told CNN, after the shooting at Oikos University in East Oakland.
The motive for the shootings, which also left three people injured, was unclear, said the city official, who had been briefed by Oakland's chief of police.
"Our police department right now is doing their work and trying to understand what in fact was his motive to come and take the lives of 7 individuals, and then also to leave 3 individuals wounded," Reid said.
"That information will come out during the legal process that he now finds himself in," he said, adding that Oakland's police chief would brief the city council at 5 pm and hold a press conference at 6:00 pm (0100 GMT Tuesday).
The San Francisco Chronicle cited a woman injured in the attack as saying a student who had always "looked crazy" stood up in a class at the Christian college and started shooting.
The gunman was arrested some five miles away in Alameda, according to the Oakland Tribune, which cited a witness to the arrest, outside a Safeway supermarket, as saying the suspect was calm as he was taken into custody. - Agence France-Presse