A man charged in Monday’s shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, Calif., was once a resident of Falls Church and still may have family in Centreville, according to public records.
One L. Goh, 43, once resided in Falls Church and changed his name in Fairfax County Circuit Court in 2002 from ‘Su Nam Ko’ because he felt it was too feminine, according to court documents.
“I do not like my current name because it sounds like a girl’s name,” he wrote on a Feb. 7, 2002, name change petition filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court.
Goh is suspected of killing seven people in the Oakland shooting, the largest school shooting since the Virginia Tech massacre, perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho, who also lived in Northern Virginia and was of Korean descent.
Goh was charged Wednesday with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder that make him eligible for the death penalty in California, prosecutors say.
California law enforcement reported that Goh was upset about not being fully refunded for some nursing classes he had enrolled in but later dropped.
Alameda (Cal.) County police said he entered the school’s administrative offices looking for a certain administrator who no longer worked there, then in frustration went to a classroom, pulled out a .45 semiautomatic pistol, ordering students to line up against the wall, and then proceeded to fire.
Prosecutors said he reloaded at least once, and that he brought at least four loaded magazines with him.