At least two people are dead, six others injured, and schools are in lockdown along the Cupertino-Sunnyvale border after a gunman on the loose went on a shooting spree this morning, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jose Cordoza has confirmed.
According to the sheriff’s department, the gunman has been identified as Shareef Allman. Allman was allegedly a “disgruntled employee” of the Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant, where the first shooting occurred, officials say.
Allman, 45, reportedly entered an early morning meeting at the quarry, armed with an AK-47 and a handgun. Officials say he opened fire at around 4 a.m., killing two and injuring six others.
Sheriff’s deputies say they believe Allman then headed to the Hewlett-Packard offices on Homestead Road where he allegedly carjacked a woman a few hours later.
Two shooting victims were transferred to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center where they are expected to survive, according to hospital spokeswoman Joy Alexiou. A third victim was taken to Stanford hospital, authorities say. Survivors of the incidents are being reunited with their families as of 9:30 a.m.
SWAT teams and officers from both the sheriff’s department and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety are currently swarming a residential area along Homestead Road on the border of the two cities where they are going door-to-door in search of their suspect.
The Cupertino Union School District is open and students are being kept inside their classrooms, but district officials have told parents they can keep their children home.
As of 12:30 p.m. an FBI SWAT team was on standby, and U.S. Marshals joined the search. There were no details on who the victims were or if they were killed in the meeting or elsewhere.
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