'He ordered us to get up against wall and started shooting'
who killed seven people at a California University ordered
everyone to get up against a wall, and started shooting, according
to a 19-year old Indian American student who was among the three
Davinder Kaur, 19, a US Army Reservist from Santa
A Sikkimese native who was one of the seven people killed in a mass
shooting at a US college when the alleged gunman stole his car was
studying nursing and worked nights as a janitor.
Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, was killed when gunman One Goh
allegedly stole his car outside Oikos University Monday morning,
the Oakland Tribune reported.
"I wish he had never come to this damn country," his friend Sandy
Close was cited as saying. "He was ill-fated."
Davinder Kaur, a 19-year old Indian American student, was among
the three wounded in the shooting.
Bhutia, who lived alone in San Francisco's North Beach
neighbourhood and worked nights cleaning terminals at the city's
airport, also was studying nursing at Oikos, a tiny Christian
college. He had also worked in restaurants.
Nursing "would have been the perfect job for him," said Close, the
executive director of New America Media. "He was pretty much
isolated because there is no Sikkimese community here."
In North Beach, his Indian-American landlord at a residential
hotel said Bhutia stuck to a schedule, working at nights at the
airport, then driving to the nursing school in his Honda Accord
for morning classes before returning home each day around 1.30
When Bhutia was several hours late Monday afternoon, the landlord,
Prem Singh, said he was worried and had tried to phone him several
"He's a very nice guy, been here since October '06 and I've never
had any problems with him," Singh said. The two enjoyed a long
conversation just several days ago, he said.
Bhutia was very positive about the nursing programme at the
Oakland college, Singh said.
(Arun Kumar can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)