California workplace shooting: Car sought in manhunt is found
Authorities say they have found a car abandoned by the suspect in the Cupertino, Calif., workplace shooting as a manhunt continues for Shareef Allman, 49, identified as the man who killed two people and wounded six others.
The suspect was seen driving a Brown Mercury Cougar, but police communications officers reported that officers have found the vehicle and Allman was no longer with it.
A manhunt was going on for the suspect Wednesday morning in Cupertino, where schools were closed and police were searching door-to-door.
The first shootings took place at a 4 a.m. safety meeting at the Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. in the hills above Cupertino.
Later, authorities said, the suspect attempted to steal a woman’s car, then shot her. She was taken to a hospital, where her condition was not immediately known.
Allman, 49, apparently runs a self-publishing business and has published a novel about domestic violence.
And in a video on Youtube, which has now been taken down, an individual identified as Shareef Allman can be seen interviewing the Rev. Jesse Jackson on a San Jose community cable TV station.
And a Shareef Allman is listed in voter registration records as living in San Jose.
Facebook lists a user named Shareef Allman, featuring a photo of the cover of a novel written by Allman titled “Amazing Grace.” He gives his occupation as “miner.”
In March 2000, an individual named Shareef Allman appeared along with other black and Latino activists at a San Jose town hall meeting, organized by advocates against racial profiling by police.
At the meeting, the man told the San Jose Mercury News he was harassed in a parking lot at De Anza College in Cupertino, accused by a police officer of being a drug dealer on a day when he wore a lot of jewelry and a sweat shirt.
-- Sam Quinones
Photo: The vehicle that authorities say the suspect fled in in Cupertino, Calif. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press