A regular day at a religious college in Oakland, California turned deadly on Monday when a gunman barged into a building and shot several people. Seven of the victims died while three others suffered injuries at Oikos University.
The alleged shooter, One L. Goh, is in police custody. However, the 43-year-old has not yet been charged with a crime.
According to law enforcement officials, Goh was expelled from the school a number of months ago. He reportedly took a student hostage before going into a classroom where he ordered people to line up the people against the wall before he shot them. Six of his victims were women.
According to the Los Angeles Time, Goh told the authorities that he chose to target students and administrators because they had treated him with disrespect and/or teased him. However, investigators don't think that the people Goh was referring to were among those he shot.
Premise owners can be held liable for crimes that occur on their properties--especially if they could/should have taken measures to prevent such an incident from happening. There also could be other liable parties, such as the person that committed the crime.
"Our Orange County, California personal injury law firm represents victims of violent crimes and their loved ones," said Howard Law, PC Founder and Anaheim Premises Liability Lawyer Vincent Howard. "Even if a property owner had nothing to do with causing a crime to happen, liability could still be a factor."
It is unfortunate that schools can no longer be considered safe havens. From grade schools to universities, there are students, teachers, and others have sustained serious injuries or died because of violent crimes, sex abuse and other harmful actions. While school shootings are still rare they do happen. School administrators know this, which is why there are steps that they can/should take to prevent serious injury or death in the event such an incident were to happen. Failure to do so can be grounds for a case.
Among the deadly school shootings to occur in the US:
• The Columbine High School massacre of 1999 that left 13 people dead, including the two student shooters, who killed themselves.
• 32 people died in a shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007. The student gunman also shot himself.
• Professor Amy Bishop at the University of Alabama shot six faculty members in 2010.
"Schools must ensure that adequate security and that the proper emergency procedures are in place in the event a possible crime or disaster so that the students, faculty, and others are kept safe," said Anaheim Personal Injury Attorney Vincent Howard. Such actions might include carefully screening faculty before hiring them, placing the school on alert in an emergency situation, investigating/reporting suspicious activity to the authorities.
Oakland college gunman lined up students and opened fire, police say, Los Angeles Times, April 3, 2012
Suspected gunman One Goh: Doting son, angry over his college expulsion, CNN, April 3, 2012
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Contact Howard Law, PC and ask for Orange County, California Wrongful Death Attorney Vincent Howard today. We also represent clients in Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County.