Sikkim man among seven killed after student went on rampage in U.S. campus

A 38-year-old Sikkimese was among the seven killed by a disgruntled college student who went on an execution-type killing spree at a religious college in California that also left an Indian-American girl injured.

Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, of San Francisco, was killed when the gunman stole his car outside the school on Monday morning. Bhutia was born in Sikkim and lived alone in San Francisco's North Beach neighbourhood and worked nights cleaning terminals at the city airport, the Oakland Tribune reported.

He was also studying nursing at Oikos, a tiny Christian college and worked in restaurants.

Investigators examine bodies outside Oikos Rampage in California varsity University in Oakland, California on Monday

Investigators examine bodies outside Oikos Rampage in California varsity University in Oakland, California on Monday

The Indian-American who was injured was Dawinder Kaur, who was shot in her right arm near the elbow. She is nursing her injuries at a local hospital in Oakland where the shooting incident happened on Monday, sending shock waves across the country.

Among the dead was also Sonam Choeden, a Tibetan who had moved to Oakland from India a year ago, the daily reported. The alleged suspect has been arrested by the Oakland police, who local media outlets identified as 43-year-old One Goh, an American of Korean origin.

DEADLIEST SHOOTINGS IN U.S. UNIVERSITIES

  • The deadliest school shooting in U.S. history was the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007. Mentally ill student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people before shooting himself
  • Another notorious killing was that at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, when 10 students as well as two members of staff were shot by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at the Denver school.
  • Graduate student Steven Kazmierczak killed five at Northern Illinois University, his alma mater in 2008.

Several of the victims were students of the Oikos University, a small religious college in the southern Californian city.

According to the daily, Kaur told her family members that the alleged gunman, who had been absent from his class for several months, suddenly appeared on Monday and ordered all the students to line up against a wall and said: 'I am going to kill you all.'

He showed his gun and then the students started running, Kaur said.

Oakland police chief Howard Jordan said the shooter walked into the single- storey building, took a receptionist hostage and went looking for a particular female administrator.

The man walked into a classroom, lined up students against a wall and shot them one by one, Jordan said.

'This was a calculated, cold-blooded execution in the classroom,' Jordan was quoted as saying by CNN.

After the shooting, the man left the classroom, reloaded his semi-automatic weapon and returned, he said.

Giving further details of the incident, the daily said Kaur was shot in the arm as she helped a friend who had fallen on the classroom's floor; she then ran outside and called her brother, Paul Singh.

'She told me a guy went crazy and she got shot. She was running. She was crying, she was bleeding, it was wrong,' Singh told the Oakland Tribune.

Five people were declared dead on the spot, while two of the five wounded succumbed to injuries at the hospital.

Pastor Jong Kim, who founded the school about ten years ago, told the Oakland Tribune that the shooter was a former nursing student, though he was unsure whether the man had been expelled or dropped.

Oikos University is a Christian university that focuses on nursing.

 


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