OAKLAND -- Armed with a .45 caliber handgun and carrying four loaded magazines, a disgruntled One L. Goh returned to his former school with a mission to kill, prosecutors say.

Goh, who police say admitted killing seven people during the massacre at Oikos University in East Oakland, was charged Wednesday with seven counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and a host of other felonies that will make him eligible for the death penalty.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley filed the charges just minutes before Goh, 43, appeared in court for an arraignment and two days after the worst mass shooting in the Bay Area in two decades.

"The scope of this murderous rampage is really unprecedented here in Alameda County," O'Malley said at a news conference after Goh's arraignment. "It was of such enormity and brutality that our county, our country and citizens around the world are left reeling."

Court records filed Wednesday and statements given by authorities during the news conference revealed new details about the shooting Monday that resulted in the deaths of six students and one receptionist.

O'Malley said Goh was armed with a .45 caliber handgun and carried four additional magazines, each fully loaded. In addition, it was revealed that Goh was apprehended by a security guard at the Safeway store in Alameda's South Shore Shopping Center who called police at 11:21 a.m. Monday to report a man who admitted he shot several people in Oakland. Several witnesses later identified Goh as the gunman.


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Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan said Goh walked into the Safeway store and asked a clerk if he could use a telephone. The clerk stood by as Goh called a relative, Jordan said, and overheard the suspect talking about the shooting. The clerk notified store security, who detained Goh and called Alameda police, Jordan said.

In interviews with Oakland police, Goh admitted that he went to the college with a .45 caliber handgun and four loaded magazines, that he kidnapped a woman in an office and took her to a classroom, that he shot several people and that he took the car keys of one of his victims and left in the victim's vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Jordan said police have recovered the magazines but continue to search along Doolittle Drive for the gun. O'Malley said having the gun as evidence would be beneficial but it is not crucial for the prosecution.

"It's one more piece of evidence to present to a jury," O'Malley said. "But we know he used the weapon and we know he is the killer."

During his brief court appearance Wednesday, Goh, looking much as he did in his booking photo, said, "Yeah," to confirm his name, and listened as Alameda County Superior Court Judge Sandra Bean read the charges filed against him.

Alameda County Public Defender David Klaus represented him. The court set an April 30 hearing date, during which Goh may enter a plea.

Klaus said he had just met Goh during the lunch hour. "He is extremely remorseful and overcome with sadness. My heart goes out to the family of the victims and the entire community."

Police have said the former student walked into Oikos University's single-building campus and began shooting students because he said they teased him about his age and poor English.

Charging documents identified those killed as Katleen Ping, 24, of Oakland; Judith O. Seymour, 53, of San Jose; Lydia H. Sim, 21, of Hayward; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; Grace Kim, 23, of Union City; Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro; and Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, of San Francisco.

Those injured were identified as Dawinder Kaur, 19, of Santa Clara, who was shot in the arm, Ahmad Javid Sayeed and Grace Kirika; Sayeed's and Kirika's ages and hometowns were not immediately available, nor was the extent of their injuries. All three have since been released from the hospital.

Also on Wednesday, Goh's 72-year-old father told a reporter from the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, "My son saw other students cheating on a test and told the professor but was ignored." After that, Goh's father said, he was ostracized by his classmates and had a hard time keeping up in school.

The father issued his deepest apologies to the victims' families, the newspaper said.

Neither O'Malley nor Jordan would discuss details of the case Wednesday, however, they did confirm that Goh left the school in November on his own and was not expelled. O'Malley also said Goh might have been upset because he was not allowed to get a refund for tuition after he chose to drop out.

James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University who has studied mass killings since 1980, said the details in the Goh case are typical for a mass killing at a university.

Fox said his research has shown that most mass killings at educational institutions are conducted by middle-aged men who feel slighted by others. They usually have one target in mind, Fox said, but end up taking the life of anyone when the target cannot be found.

"It's called murder by proxy ... when they don't get their target, their anger gets focused on the whole school so they just kill as many people as they can," Fox said. "It's often very common that these are well planned executions. They are not random."

Fox said the shooters usually are in graduate school and any slight they perceive results in the belief that they have failed in life. But the killer doesn't blame himself, Fox said, and instead believes he is the victim.

"They are usually at a point in their lives where they believe they have no options," Fox said. "When that door is slammed shut for them, there are not many other doors."

There are 10 special circumstances in total. They include seven for killing multiple people and one each for killing in the course of a kidnapping, robbery and carjacking.

Although the charges filed against Goh make him eligible for the death penalty, O'Malley said her office will not make that decision until after a preliminary hearing in the case, which will not occur for months. If O'Malley chooses to seek the death penalty, it will be only the second time since she was appointed in 2009 and later elected in 2010 that she has sought death against a special-circumstances suspect.

Only one death penalty case, charged by the previous district attorney and expected to go to trial in May, currently is in the Alameda County court system.

The only death penalty case charged by O'Malley was amended to a life without the possibility of parole case.

Staff writer Karl Fischer and Kristin J. Bender contributed to this report.