EAST OAKLAND, California — (DMN/CBS News) – At least five people were killed and four others wounded in a shooting Monday on the campus of a religious school near the Oakland (California) Coliseum; police later detained the suspected gunman. Oakland police spokesperson Johnna Watson says that one person, possibly a suspect, has been detained. The possible suspect was taken into custody by Alameda police at South Shore Center in eastern Alameda.
The shooting occurred at 10:33 a.m. on the 7900 block of Edgewater Drive when a man described as an Asian male with a heavy build wearing tan or khaki clothing entered the school and opened fire. At least five people have been shot. The Associated Press reports that sources say as many as five people have been killed. The Oakland coroner confirms that two people are dead. A Highland Hospital spokesperson says that four people were brought there. Watson says police cannot confirm the number of injured or dead. Police are still working to evacuate the building.
It is unknown if the shooter was known to victims or witnesses. The area surrounding the scene has been cordoned off for public safety. A representative from the Alameda County Food Bank says 40 people in their building are sheltered in place but all are OK. According to the school’s website, Oikos University is a Christian school that offers courses of study in Asian medicine, theology, music and nursing.
Following the shootings, SWAT officers surrounded the school building and also evacuated nearby businesses. Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were also at the scene. Police in nearby Alameda told KCBS that the suspected gunman was taken into custody at a shopping center in nearby Alameda about 12:20 p.m. His identity was not immediately released but he was described by police as a Korean man in his 40s with a heavy build and wearing khaki clothing.
CLEVELAND, Texas — (DMN) – The cause of death for the 2-year-old boy who went missing in Liberty County last week was ruled an accidental drowning. The body of Devon Davis was found in a pond on Saturday just one hour after Liberty County officials announced their decision to suspend the search. The boy disappeared Tuesday from the family’s home in the Sam Houston Lakes Estate subdivision, located near FM 2252 and FM 2518, after his mother put him down for a nap. She bolted the front door and fell asleep herself, according to police. When she woke up, her son was gone. The mother called 911 and an Amber Alert was issued Tuesday night.
The family had been staying with friends at the Liberty County home for only six days after moving from Virginia. A funeral is set for Friday at 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church on Walters Rd.
Police from Bloomington, Indiana are inquiring about human remains found near Newton, Illinois which is located just over 2 hours west of the Southern Indiana city where college co-ed Lauren Spierer disappeared last summer. The skeletal remains were found in a “brushy area” by a local resident in Jasper County, Illinois on March 10. Bloomington police contacted authorities there about the find as they continue to investigate the case of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, who was last seen in June 2011.
Police in Illinois said there was no evidence of a grave and no obvious trail leading to the remains however Jasper County Sheriff Ed Francis told Terre Haute television station WTWO that additional evidence was gathered at the scene. That evidence was taken to an Illinois State crime lab. The Jasper County Coroner says it’s impossible to tell how long it will take to identify the remains. He has received inquiries from a few communities who are investigating missing persons including Bloomington (Indiana) police.
I have a nephew at Indiana University in Bloomington and another nephew who will be a freshman on the Bloomington campus next year. While the focus of this story is about cases of student deaths at Indiana University, it could be any university. When kids go to school, unfortunately, they don’t always pack common sense and one of the first things to go out the window are all the things their parents tell them about the woes of collegiate life. Add to this a lack of any real life experience and it can be a recipe for disaster.
18 year old Andrew Compton was a freshman at Sullivan College in Louisville and wound up a tragic statistic. Compton was murdered in Louisville by a man he met on a dating web-site. His body has not been found. Lauren Spierer was an Indiana University student missing since last June after a night of partying with friends. Lauren still has not been found. The cases are tragic and numbing. Last September, Matthew Erickson, an 18-year-old freshman was found dead in Read Residence Center at I.U.
Yesterday, Daniel Bauder, 22, was discovered by his roommates deceased in his off-campus room. Police do not suspect foul play and said there were no drugs or alcohol found in the room. Whether it’s drugs, alcohol or some unforeseen medical emergency, kids can die at school and it’s not supposed to be this way. The number of people cited by excise police for alcohol violations at a Bloomington bar nearly doubled in the six months after an Indiana University student disappeared, with most of the citations going to current or former IU students.
The Herald-Times analyzed 2011 data provided by State Excise Police and found 432 citations were issued to 225 people at 23 Bloomington bars or establishments permitted to sell alcohol. One person was cited at two different stores, bringing the total to 226. The city’s three Kilroy’s drinking establishments were the site of 148 of the citations, more than a third of the total. Thirty-three of those citations occurred at Kilroy’s Sports Bar, where police say student Lauren Spierer used a fake ID to be served alcohol the night she disappeared last June. After her disappearance, the bar was cited on two alcohol-related charges for allowing a minor, Spierer, to loiter and furnishing alcoholic beverages to her. Investigators said Spierer used a fake ID that shouldn’t have gotten past door staff.
Excise police spokesman Travis Thickstun said the citations at Kilroy’s since Spierer’s June 3 disappearance don’t reflect a crackdown on Kilroy’s. Somehow, I would feel better if it did. I guess it’s worth telling your kids that just because you are 18 and taking off for school, you are still vulnerable. We all are. You…me…everyone. Take care of yourself and watch out for each other. Make sure someone knows where you are going and what you are doing and all things…everything…in moderation.