The family of the man allegedly responsible for the deaths of three people in a violent shooting spree early Wednesday has issued a statement through Pastor Tony Williams of San Jose’s Maranatha Christian Center.
Shareef Allman allegedly entered an early morning safety meeting on Wednesday at the Lehigh Hanson cement plant in Cupertino armed with an AK-47 and a handgun. The ensuing shots wounded five and killed three. Allman is believed to have then headed to the Hewlett-Packard campus on Homestead Road in Sunnyvale, where he shot a woman in the arm during a carjacking attempt.
“There are no words that can express how very sorry we are, or how badly we feel,” the family’s statement read. “We truly express our heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families, extended families, and communities that have been affected directly or indirectly by this horrific tragedy.”
Forty-seven-year-old Allman worked as a truck driver at the Cupertino quarry. It is unknown what set him off enough to go on his violent crime spree.
“We don’t understand why this happened and we truly wish that we could change the tragic events of this week,” the statement continued. “We are completely shocked and struggle with the events which occurred because the Shareef that we knew was a loving father and good man who lived his life helping others, volunteering, and advocating for positive change for compelling social issues.”
Allman, a single father of a daughter, was shot to death by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies in the driveway of a Sunnyvale home after officers and SWAT teams from multiple agencies spent an entire day and night searching for him on the ground and in the air.
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