OAKLAND, Calif. — An Alameda County Superior Court judge declared that a former nursing student charged with killing seven people at Oakland’s Oikos University last year is not mentally competent to stand trial.
One L. Goh, a 43-year-old South Korean national, has also been charged with three counts of attempted murder in the April rampage at the small Christian vocational school.
Goh’s public defender had questioned his ability to understand the proceedings or assist in his own defense – the legal threshold of competence.
Two psychiatrists who evaluated Goh determined that he is currently unfit to stand trial, and prosecutors did not take issue with those findings, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Teresa Drenick, a department spokeswoman.
Goh will return to court Jan. 28 to determine where he will be placed for treatment in an attempt to restore him to competency, Drenick said.
Prosecutors claim Goh, a South Korean national, was upset because he “wanted some money back for tuition he had paid, and it is also clear that he focused on one particular administrator at the school who was not present at the school on Monday,” the day of the shooting.
District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley described “the enormity and devastation of these crimes” as “unprecedented in Alameda County.”
Authorities identified the seven victims as: Katleen Ping, 24; Judith Ona Seymour, 53, of San Jose; Lydia H. Sim, 21, of Hayward; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; Grace Eunhea Kim, 23, of Union City; Doris Ifeyinwa Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro; and Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, of San Francisco.
Ping was killed in the commission of a kidnapping, and Bhutia was killed in connection with the carjacking of his vehicle, O’Malley said.
Goh is also charged with the attempted murder of Dawinder Kaur, 19; Ahmad Javid Sayeed, 36; and Grace Kirika, 43, O’Malley said.
Goh allegedly used a .45-caliber gun with four fully loaded magazines of ammunition, O’Malley said.
Most of the rounds were fired, said Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan.
“I’m going to kill you all,” the gunman allegedly said.
“This was a calculated, cold-blooded execution in the classroom,” the police chief said. The suspect “just felt a certain urge to inflict pain on them.”
Police said Goh was self-conscious about his inability to speak English like a native and felt students and others at the school made fun of him.
While Goh appeared close to his family, visiting his parents in senior housing, he struggled with debt, including a tax lien by the Internal Revenue Service, according to court records.
Goh’s brother, a staff sergeant in the Army, died in a car accident while training with the Special Forces.