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California workplace shooting suspect still at large

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The quarry truck driver wanted in the California workplace shooting that killed three people and wounded seven others in Cupertino remained at large Thursday morning.

Shareef Allman, 47, of San Jose allegedly opened fire early Wednesday at an employee meeting at the Lehigh Permanente plant where he worked.

Two co-workers, John Vallejos, 51, and Mark Munoz, 59, died at the scene.

Another, Manuel Pinon, 48, of Newman, died later at a hospital.

Allman also allegedly shot and wounded a Hewlett-Packard contract worker later that morning in an attempt to steal her car.

The wounded were not identified by police.

The shootings have set off a massive manhunt, involving 10 law enforcement agencies, police dogs and helicopters. Officers went door-to-door in parts of Cupertino and the neighboring city of Sunnyvale.

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Photo: Officers search for the suspect in the quarry shooting Wednesday. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters.

California workplace shooting: Friends of suspect express disbelief

Lavella Benton, left, and Nia Harris

Friends of the gunman suspected of killing three and wounding seven others Wednesday in Cupertino, Calif., expressed disbelief that the man they knew could have committed such a crime.

"He was an OK guy," said Johnnie Gray, 54, of East Palo Alto. "Nobody would think he would do anything like this."

Gray said Shareef Allman, 47, whom officials identified as the suspected gunman, used to come into his boxing club almost every day about four years ago. Sometimes, he would bring his daughter and the two would train. He said Allman was a respectable man who would try to get children off the streets and into Gray’s boxing gym, which serves at-risk youth.

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"He was a supportive type of person in the community," he said of Allman, who he said could always be spotted at San Jose’s annual jazz festival. Allman stopped coming around when Gray switched gym locations, and he said he hasn’t seen him for about a year.

When Gray heard about the shooting suspect, he said he was shocked. "I was like come on, no, not Shareef," he said, adding that Allman was not a "monster."

Lavella Benton, 52, said Allman, who for a time wanted to be a comedian, "was a voice for young black men in the community."

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California workplace shooting: 3 killed in rampage identified

Three people fatally shot Wednesday by a disgruntled co-worker at a quarry near Cupertino, Calif., have been identified, authorities said.

The victims were identified as John Vallejos, 51, and Mark Munoz, 59, both of San Jose, and Manuel Pinon, 48, of Newman, Calif., said Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith. Vallejos and Munoz died at the scene and Pinon died at a hospital, she said.

Authorities are continuing to search for Shareef Allman, 47, a trucker at the Lehigh Southwest Cement Permanente Plant, who police said showed up at a company safety meeting early Wednesday armed with a rifle and handgun and opened fire, killing two at the scene and wounding seven others.

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California workplace shooting: Neighbor calls suspect 'a good man'

Shareef AllmanA neighbor of the suspected gunman who killed three and wounded several others Wednesday at a quarry near Cupertino, Calif., described him as “a big teddy bear” known for his hugs and warm smiles.

"I love Shareef. I've never seen him frown," said Bernice Beckum, who noted that she has known Shareef Allman for several years. "If we were at the club partying, having fun and he saw someone about to get in a fight, he'd be the first to say 'Hey man, it's not worth it.'

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"What I'm saying is, he's a good man," said Beckum, who lives in the same San Jose apartment complex as Allman. "Something very bad, very serious, had to happen for him to snap."

Beckum said she never knew Allman, who authorities said was in his 40s, to have a gun and called on him to "call your preacher and turn yourself in."

Another Allman neighbor, Pat Fleming, 50, described him as "a quiet, neighborly guy." He said Allman   helped residents in the complex work on their cars.

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California workplace shooting: Quarry described as 'loving place'

Police surround the entrance to the quarry on Wednesday morning where the deadly shootings occurred.

In the high-tech hub of Silicon Valley, Lehigh Southwest Cement’s Permanente plant -- the site of a workplace shooting Wednesday that left three dead and several others injured -- has a storied history that dates to 1939 and is a place where members of the same families have worked for generations.

So workers were stunned by the news that Shareef Allman, 49, a truck driver at the quarry, had shown up at a safety meeting at the plant Wednesday morning armed with a rifle and a handgun and opened fire, authorities said. Three people were killed and six others injured at the facility.

Allman, who remains at large, also shot a Hewlett-Packard employee in the leg and carjacked her vehicle as he fled the scene, authorities said. The shooting victims were taken to Stanford Medical Center and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

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The Kaiser Cement Corp., which owned the plant for many years, got its start "because of a dam Henry Kaiser didn't get to build," according to the plant’s website. Kaiser was rebuffed in his pitch to construct the Shasta Dam in 1939.

But the Bureau of Reclamation hired him to provide the cement's sand and gravel. Kaiser had an option on a limestone deposit overlooking Permanente Creek. By 1941 the company was operating what was then the world's largest cement plant.

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California workplace shooting: Company 'shocked and saddened'

The site of Wednesday's deadly shootings in Cupertino

The president of the company that owns the Cupertino quarry where an employee allegedly shot and killed three people and wounded seven others Wednesday said he was “shocked and saddened by this morning’s events.”

Lehigh Hanson, based in Irving, Texas, issued the statement from president and chief executive Dan Harrington on its website Wednesday.

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I have committed the company's resources to assist our affected employees during this difficult time," Harrington said in the company’s statement. “We continue to gather details of what happened, and are working with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.”

Shareef Allman, 49, an employee at the Hanson-owned plant, allegedly opened fire on co-workers at a 4 a.m. safety meeting. He later allegedly shot and wounded a woman and took her car in a neighborhood about a mile from the quarry.

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Photo: The site of Wednesday's deadly shootings in Cupertino, Calif. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press

California workplace shooting: Third victim dies

 

A manhunt took officers into a Cupertino, Calif., neighborhood.

Authorities have confirmed that a third victim has died in the workplace shootings near Cupertino, Calif., that left seven others injured, including several in critical condition.

Two people died at the scene and the third at the hospital, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said at a noon news conference. The shootings took place at the Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. 

A massive manhunt is continuing for Shareef Allman, 49, a trucker at the quarry, who authorities said showed up at a safety meeting at the plant early Wednesday armed with an assault rifle and handgun and opened fire, killing two at the scene and wounding seven others. One of the wounded later died at a hospital.

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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.

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California workplace shooting suspect's strange behavior detailed

Shareef Allman The suspect in the fatal shootings at a Cupertino, Calif., quarry Wednesday had worked at the plant as a truck driver and was described by one employee “as a real nice guy” but who was acting strangely distant to others the day before.

Shareef Allman, 49, “was a real nice guy and welcomed us up there,” said Charles Bryan, who is also a  truck driver at the Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. plant. Recently, Bryan said, “he was talking about how he had just gotten a month vacation. He had to have been there 15 years for that.”

But Bryan said Allman was acting strangely Tuesday and would not make eye contact with others.

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“This is really weird,” he said. “Yesterday it was like no one else was there but him. Our work is very dangerous. We’re supposed to have eye contact with each other. But yesterday it was like we weren’t there.”

Because it was raining Wednesday morning, Bryan said he was told to come in later and wasn’t there at the time of the shooting.  He said he was stunned to learn that Allman was the suspected gunman.

“I would never have guessed it,” he said.

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California workplace shooting: Car sought in manhunt is found

The vehicle that authorities say the suspect fled in in Cupertino, Calif.

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.

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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.”

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California workplace shooting: Cupertino schools on alert

The search for the suspect in the fatal Northern California shooting

Schools in the Cupertino, Calif., area were reporting sparse attendance Wednesday as word spread that an armed man, suspected of killing two and wounding six at his workplace, remained at large.

The Cupertino Union School District, which operates the area's elementary and middle schools, informed parents its campuses were open and on high alert. 

"In light of today’s police activities in the city, please note that all schools in the district are open," a recorded message at the school said. "Based on the current information from law enforcement, all our students will be kept indoors until further notice."

The Fremont Union High School District sent an emergency notification by email and phone early Wednesday, informing parents of its 10,500 students "that due to a police emergency we were advising them to keep their students home," said public information officer Bettylu Smith.

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