The spokesman said Goh stopped eating for one reason: shame.
One L. Goh, the man charged with killing seven nursing students at Oakland's Oikos University, is in the jail infirmary because he's been on a prolonged hunger strike, deputies announced Monday.
In a statement, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said that Goh was taken to the Santa Rita Jail infirmary on Friday. He said Goh has not eaten since his arrest three weeks ago.
"This is a situation where he's refused to eat and we can't force him to eat and he has every right not to eat but to monitor more closely we've put him in the medical unit," Nelson said.
Nelson said the apparent reason for the hunger strike is shame.
"You have a lot of time to reflect a lot of time to feel shame and in this case we believe that's what's going on. He feels shame and doesn't want to eat," Nelson said.
Goh, 43, a former student at Oikos, was arrested April 2, following the tragic shooting spree.
Also on Monday, the small, predominantly Korean Christian school opened for the first time since the massacre. However, the nursing students did not return to the Oakland site on Edgewater Drive near the airport, where the killings took place in broad daylight. Instead, they attended classes at Unitek College in Fremont.
In interviews with Oakland police following his arrest, Goh said that he was upset with the school because he wanted a tuition refund, after he left the school on his own. Prosecutors have said that he may have been targeting an administrator who was not present at the time of the shooting. Goh killed six nursing students and one receptionist.
They are: Students Lydia Sim, 21, Sonam Choedon, 33, Grace Kim, 23, Doris Chibuko, 40, Judith Seymour, 53, Tshering Bhutia, 38, and administrator Katleen Ping, 24. Three others were injured but survived.
In an interview with CBS 5 from jail in mid-April, Goh cried and told reporter Juliette Goodrich that he was "deeply sorry" about the shooting. "If I tell them (the families) sorry, it doesn't bring anybody back."