A gun bought by a disgruntled student who allegedly killed seven people and wounded three others at a small private university, was found overnight in the low tide waters in a canal near the shooting scene, Oakland police confirmed Friday.
Oakland police spokeswoman Cynthia Perkins said that a weapon found early Friday matches the serial number of a gun purchased by One Goh, who was recently charged in the fatal shooting of seven people at Oikos University on Monday.
“Investigators have worked very hard on this case. Hopefully, this find will help the families find closure and bring this case to justice,” Police Chief Howard Jordan said in a prepared statement.
Perkins said the gun was discovered in a waterway in the 8400 block of Leet Street. Further investigation and testing is needed to confirm if it was used in the incident.
Police said Goh, 43, used a .45-caliber handgun to kill seven students at Oikos University and wound three others in a shooting rampage Monday. He has been charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, plus a special circumstance allegation of committing multiple murders that could make him eligible for the death penalty.
Goh did not enter a plea or make a statement during his first court appearance Wednesday.
Police said Goh acknowledged forcing a woman from her office at gunpoint into a classroom, where he fatally shot several people before fleeing in one victim's car, according to a police affidavit.
Goh drove to nearby Alameda after the shooting where he was arrested without incident outside a Safeway super market parking lot.
At the time of his arrest, Goh did not have a weapon with him.
Authorities have been searching the murky waters of San Leandro Bay, about a half-mile from the school, with divers and a remote underwater sonar device along the shoreline of a park adjunct to the Oakland International Airport.
Overnight the search was moved to a nearby canal that runs along Hagenberger Road and is near the shooting scene. It was in the low tide waters where a handgun was recovered, authorities said.
The gun will now be forensically tested to see if it matches spent shells found at the scene.
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