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Quarry reopens after deadly shooting rampage

October 10, 2011 |  2:34 pm

Family members talk to a worker as they await word of a relative following the quarry shooting

Employees returned to work Monday at a Cupertino, Calif., quarry that had been shuttered since a disgruntled employee opened fire on coworkers Wednesday, killing three and wounding six more.

Shareef Allman, 49, also shot and wounded a Hewlett Packard contract worker in a failed carjacking attempt nearby. He was on the loose for 27 hours before sheriff's deputies shot and killed him in a residential driveway in Sunnyvale.

The Lehigh Permanente Plant where Allman and nine of the victims worked was started by Henry Kaiser in 1939 to supply construction of the Shasta Dam. Irving, Texas-based Lehigh Hanson Inc., which operates the plant, said Monday that the quarry had reopened and was expected to be "fully operational within one week."

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"The company's priority continues to be the well-being of the plant's employees and their families," a statement read, adding that grief counselors remained on site.

Allman had worked at the plant for about 15 years, most recently as a truck driver. He had come under scrutiny for allegedly unsafe driving practices and was suspended for three weeks due to an accident, a disciplinary action he was contesting. 

He was known to African American leaders in the Silicon Valley as a man who espoused peaceful conflict resolution and encouraged other black men to be responsible fathers. But he told friends that he believed he was being undermined at work because of his race. Coworkers also said Allman believed that they were ganging up against him. He opened fire at a predawn safety meeting at the quarry, shortly after his shift began.

Killed were John Robert Vallejos, 51, and Mark Munoz, 59, both of San Jose, as well as Manuel Guadalupe Pinon, 48, of Newman.


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-- Lee Romney in San Francisco

Photo: Family members talk to a worker as they await word of a relative after the quarry shooting. Credit: Gary Reyes / San Jose Mercury News