Several people were shot and apparently some were killed when a gunman opened fire inside a classroom at an East Oakland private university, authorities said.
The shooting happened at Oikos University at 7850 Edgewater Road about 10:40 a.m. Four bodies outside the school were covered by tarps, and rescue workers removed at least four bodies on stretchers.
Highland Hospital reported that it was treating four victims from the shooting. Students continued evacuating the building more than an hour after the shooting.
Police, including members of the SWAT team, took positions around the building and officers smashed in glass doors with sledgehammers and rushed into the building. It was unknown if the shooter was inside the building or had fled the scene.
But police warned the public to stay away from the area and described the gunman as an Asian man in his 40s, with a heavy build and wearing khaki clothing.