A UPS employee opened fire on fellow employees before turning the gun on himself
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A UPS employee opened fire at a sprawling warehouse in San Francisco Wednesday morning, fatally shooting three people before killing himself, as panicked workers ran out on the streets, police said.
UPS driver Marvin Calderon, who witnessed the shooting, told NBC Bay Area the gunman was a fellow employee.
The gunman, wearing a UPS uniform, opened fire on three fellow employees and then “turned the gun on himself,” company spokesperson Steve Gaut said. The shooter, identified by police as San Francisco resident Jimmy Lam, is one of the four who died in the shooting. Two others were wounded.
“This is a tragedy that has touched many lives today,” Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin said.
San Francisco police officers responded to calls about the shooting at 8:55 a.m. and found one suspect armed with an assault pistol, according to Chaplin.
Officers found wounded victims inside the building and brought them out to safety. When officers located the gunman, they said, he put the weapon to his head and shot himself.
“He saw police and turned the gun on himself,” Chaplin said. The shooting is not related to terrorism, Chaplin added.
Employees walking outside the facility after the shooting said they did not want to comment on the incident, but some referred to one of the victims as “Big Mike, a “lovely man” who gave others advise and was planning to retire soon.
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The shooting led to a massive police response and a shelter-in-place warning in an industrial part of the city’s Portero Hill neighborhood and surrounding area. UPS described the facility at 2222 17th Street as a package sorting hub and delivery center that employs 850 people.
Law enforcement officers seized three clips of ammunition from the scene, sources said.
Witnesses reported that Lam did not say much before he walked in and started firing. He was reportedly still alive when he was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he eventually died. Two of the three deceased victims died at the scene of the shooting. Five additional employees suffered various other injuries.
Sources told NBC Bay Area that Lam has a history of mental illness. UPS employees described a scene of chaos and panic as shots rang out right after a morning meeting at the facility.
“They were all in rapid succession,” Raymond Deng, a 30-year-old tech worker who lives across the street from the warehouse, said of the gunshots. “It was like tat, tat, tat, tat, tat, tat, tat.”
Calderon said employees had just finsihed with a daily briefing meeting at 8:50 a.m. “And I jut heard bam, bam, bam, six shots, probably seven, everybody ran out outside on the corner of San Bruno and 17th. And then I heard five more shots.”
Calderon said he didn’t know the gunman personally. “I just started running out like crazy, like I’ve never run before,” Calderon said.”I’m just walking around, trying to clear my mind.”