The disgruntled employee who opened fire at a Cupertino quarry Wednesday morning still remains at large, local authorities reported.
At approximately 4:15 a.m. PST, suspect Shareef Allman, 47, of San Jose, showed up unexpectedly at a Lehigh Permanente Quarry staff meeting, looking “disgruntled and unhappy,” Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesperson told NBC.
He then left for a few moments, and returned donning a .40 caliber handgun and a .223 caliber assault rifle.
Allman has been identified as a temporary truck driver.
As of 1:00 pm PST, Allman had killed 3 and injured seven. After opening fire in the business meeting, two victims died on sight, while the third later died in the hospital. He injured six after fleeing on foot.
“We are shocked and saddened by this morning's events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” said Lehigh CEO Dan Harrington in a statement.
Allman injured a seventh victim, near the Hewlett Packard offices on Hanover Street this morning, in the neighboring community of Sunnyvale.
911 dispatchers received a call reporting a woman had been shot in an attempted carjacking. The description of the gunman matched that of Allman, as did the gun to the firearm used earlier at the quarry.
After the female HP employee was shot, the corporation closed its offices for today. The victim remains in fair condition at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, in Calif.
Allman reportedly then ran into the residential neighborhood between Homestead Road and Peacock Avenue.
S.W.A.T. team members and police enforcement are currently going door to door with guns ready, hunting Allman. They are also using helicopters and search dogs to scour the area.
“[Allman should] do the right thing and turn himself in,” neighbor Vernice Beckum told Mercury News.
Allman is expected to have fled on foot after authorities confiscated his vehicle at an Arco gas station, about a mile from the attempted carjacking. Four weapons have been found in various locations – all suspected to belong to Allman.
Employees in the area had been warned to stay inside until Allman is found.
This area of Silicon Valley is home to massive corporate offices like Google and the Apple Campus, where the “Let’s Talk iPhone” conference was held just yesterday.
The City’s Manager Office told The Christian Post it's “business as usual,” allowing employees to leave their office buildings at will.
Schools remained in session, but attendance was low. However, students were asked to remain inside until the gunman is found.
Laurelwood Elementary, which is about seven miles away from the Quarry, is the only school that closed.
Allman is also an avid television host, producer, and advocator of black rights and empowerment. He hosts a television show on the local network entitled CreaTv, and a YouTube video is currently in circulation showing Allman interviewing Reverend Jesse Jackson at a Walter Hawkins Memorial Celebration.
The Santa Clara police department is expected to hold a press conference at 4 p.m. PST, and Allman’s friends may also hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m. PST, urging the gunman to turn himself in.