Home of Apple is also the latest target of workplace shooting

10/5/2011

Manhunt after 2 die in Calif. workplace shooting

Suspect still on the loose; he also reportedly shot woman during attempted carjacking

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Authorities are searching door to door with guns drawn in neighborhoods near a Northern California quarry where a gunman killed two co-workers and wounded six at a morning meeting.

Image: Shareef Allman

City of Cupertino via AP

Shareef Allman

Schools were on lockdown or closed in the Silicon Valley city of Cupertino as SWAT teams sought Shareef Allman, 47.

Allman also is suspected of wounding a woman in an attempted carjacking in Cupertino more than two hours later.

Santa Clary County Sheriff’s Lt. Rick Sung said Allman was at the routine safety meeting at 4:30 a.m., became disgruntled and left. He said Allman then returned and started shooting people.

Authorities are still searching the quarry for possible victims. About 15 workers were evacuated and being kept at a safe location.

Allman, from San Jose, reportedly was carrying a 9mm handgun and a rifle.

“The only reports we have right now is that he was disgruntled and he was unhappy. Whether it was work-related or home-related, we don’t know at this point,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesman Jose Cardoza.

Hosted public access TV show
Allman was a truck operator at the Permanente Cement Plant and also produced and hosted a public access television show for CreaTV in San Jose.

He was one of 130 series producers who came in once a month and provided content, said Suzanne St. John-Crane, executive director of CreaTV. She said she had spoken with him numerous times but did not know him well.

“Based on what we know now, we’re shocked and devastated and feel for the families of the victims,” St. John-Crane told The Associated Press. “But he didn’t work here. I want to make that clear. We’re very frightened.”

Woman later shot near workplace
After leaving the quarry, the suspect reportedly attempted a carjacking at the nearby Hewlett-Packard parking lot, shooting a female driver in the leg. He did not manage to get the car from her.

Image: Police search neighborhood

Paul Sakuma  /  AP

Police search a neighborhood in Cupertino, Calif., Wednesday looking for Shareef Allman.

Three of the victims were taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, including the woman shot in the carjacking, hospital spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said. One victim was treated and released, while the other two were in fair condition, she said. Their names were not immediately released.

Another victim was taken to the emergency room at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, but the hospital could release no other details, spokeswoman Paula Zimlicki said.

In nearby Sunnyvale, another injured person was found in a parking lot, reported KNTV, but it was not clear if that was connected to the workplace shooting.

Allman is described as African American, 5’11”, and 260 pounds, with numerous tattoos, according to KNTV.

Allman has a minor criminal record, consisting of driving with a suspended license and a 1992 misdemeanor charge for forgery, reported The San Jose Mercury News.

Permanente Cement Plant, owned by Lehigh Hanson, Inc., is a limestone and aggregate mining operation and cement plant located in the foothills above Cupertino.

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