Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Panicked UPS workers flee California gunfire that killed 4

Panicked UPS workers flee California gunfire that killed 4

SAN FRANCISCO A UPS driver opened fire with a handgun inside a United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) delivery centre in San Francisco on Wednesday, killing three co-workers before fatally shooting himself as police closed in, authorities and company officials said.The victims, like the gunman, were all company drivers, said Steve Gaut, head of investor relations at UPS.

UPS spokesman Steve Gaut said the shooter was a company employee. Two others were wounded.

Police sources told KPIX 5 the employee was identified as Jimmy Lam.

It's unclear exactly how many people were injured, but officials said some workers were taken to San Francisco General Hospital nearby.

Police said they recovered two firearms from the UPS facility, including the murder weapon, which they described as an "assault pistol". Special operations officers were continuing to search the building for more possible victims. The deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history occurred in June 2016 when a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State militant group killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.Gun laws in the United States rank among the most permissive of any developed country, with the right to "keep and bear arms" enshrined in the Constitution's Second Amendment.

"He saw police and turned the gun on himself", Chaplin said.

"At this point", Chaplin noted, "we do not believe this incident is related to terrorism".

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A total of 4 people were killed in the shooting, including three UPS employees and the suspected shooter.

A 30-year-old tech worker who lives across the street from the warehouse said he heard up to eight gunshots. She said they ducked as they boarded and told the driver to "go, go, go". One worker was found by police hiding inside the sprawling building after the shooting, unaware that the violence was over.

The four-story facility employs about 850 people and is a package sorting hub and delivery center, UPS said.

"The police officers were right on the scene just like that".

"#SFPD is at the scene of a shooting that occurred near 17th & Vermont".

The shooting led to a massive police response and a shelter-in-place warning for the surrounding area.

Tweets from San Francisco residents appeared to show several UPS employees on the roof of the facility with their hands up.

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SFPD tweeted at 10:32 a.m. that they had "contained the building and it was secure". UPS is providing trauma and grief counseling to employees at the San Francisco center.

"Terrifying. All hell broke loose".

According to video from NBC Bay Area's SkyRanger, dozens of UPS employees, some of them in brown UPS uniforms, could be seen exiting the facility single-file, surrounded by police. In this photo provided by Kevin Wood, UPS workers wave from the rooftop of a UPS package delivery warehouse where a shooting took place Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif.

They gathered below the awning of the Il Pirata bar between Potrero Avenue and Utah Street before being escorted to safety.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

After the gunfire, auto shop owner Robert Kim said he saw "a mob of UPS drivers" running down the street screaming "shooter, shooter".

Officers arrived to learn the suspect was still inside the building, Chaplin said. "As the final people came running out, I heard multiple gun shots". She said she ducked in the vehicle while her husband drove off quickly.

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