Cupertino shooting: Suspect's death doesn't calm all nerves
Residents of the quiet neighborhood where deputies shot the alleged gunman in the Cupertino workplace shootings were still rattled Thursday after a long night in which the suspect was on the loose.
"We just all want to know it's him, so we can rest easy, know are kids are safe and let them out," said Sunnyvale resident Paula Vinson, 39, who lives a block away from the street where the suspect, Shareef Allman, 47, was killed after encountering three sheriff’s deputies, about 24 hours after the shooting rampage.
Tracy Abad, 40, who also lives nearby, said she was getting her two children ready for school early Thursday when she heard police helicopters overhead. When she returned home after dropping her daughters, ages 6 and 9, off at school, she said, police had set up a perimeter on nearby Lorne Way, a tree-lined street with low-slung ranch houses and clipped lawns.
Three Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies on routine patrol shot and killed Allman after spotting the armed suspect on the street about 7:30 a.m. and attempting to make contact with him, authorities said.
The suspect was armed with a handgun, Sheriff Laurie Smith later told reporters.
The identity of the victim must still be confirmed by coroner’s investigators, but the body matched the description of Allman, she said. Allman is believed responsible for fatally shooting three co-workers early Wednesday and wounding several others at a Cupertino quarry.
Abad said she was just glad the ordeal was over.
"I barely slept last night,” she said. “It was awful. The kids were really scared. ... We all stayed in my room. We were all beat this morning."
-- Maria L. La Ganga in Cupertino
Photo: A San Jose police officer stands guard of an apartment where authorities say a shooting suspect lived. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press