A MANAGER at a college where seven people were killed said she was the gunman's target after she rejected his repeated requests for a refund of his tuition.
Ellen Cervellon, director at Oikos University in California, wasn't on campus when former student One Goh came looking for her then went on his rampage.
Three days later, she said the murders were haunting her. "I have that weight on my shoulders and I don't know what to do with it," she said, her voice quavering.
"Every single one of those students were going to be an excellent, excellent nurse. They're in my heart, and they always will be."
Goh (43), a native of South Korea, was charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, plus a further allegation of committing multiple murders that could make him eligible for the death penalty, said District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.
Shackled and showing little emotion, Goh said nothing during a brief court appearance other than a soft "yes" when the judge asked if he understood the charges. He did not enter a plea.
In a police affidavit, Officer Robert Trevino said Goh acknowledged going to Oikos, near Oakland, on Monday with a .45-calibre handgun and four magazines of ammunition. "He admitted to kidnapping a woman and forcing her from her office into a classroom at gunpoint," Trevino said.
"He admitted to shooting and killing several people inside the classroom, before taking one of the victim's car keys and fleeing the scene in the victim's car." Police arrested Goh about an hour after the shooting spree at a supermarket a few miles from the campus.