The Chosun Ilbo, quoting some local (i.e., American) press, is reporting that the suspect in the Oikos University shooting in Oakland is presumed to be a Korean. Or a Korean-American.

The shooting left seven dead and several wounded. I’m guessing, judging from the description of the university (see website here), that many of the victims may be Korean, too (something the Korean consulate in San Francisco is trying to ascertain):

According to its website, Oikos offers classes in religious studies, music and vocational nursing, and caters particularly to students of Korean descent.

Before I blog any further on this, I wish to express my condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

UPDATE: According to the Dong-A Ilbo, neither the school nor the Korean consulate believe many Korean-Koreans were hurt, as the nursing school where this happened is attended only by permanent residents and US citizens.

The Dong-A also noted that some of the students questioned by police said the alleged shooter, identified as a Goh Won-il (or, as he Romanizes it, One L. Goh), did not get along with other students when he studied at the college, leading to spectulation that friction between him and the students or school might have been the motive. I assume we’ll get the motive soon enough.

UPDATE 2: From Oakland mayor Jean Quan:

Calling it “a terrible tragedy” for the city and, in particular, its Korean community, Mayor Jean Quan said the shooting “will leave the [Korean] community asking questions for a long time.…I hope we will put our arms around this group of people and these families and try to bring peace back to this city.”