Shooting at San Francisco UPS center, police say

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

Officers recovered two guns at the scene. Police have not released the shooter's identity but referred to him as male.

The alleged gunman in this morning's triple homicide at a UPS sorting and distribution center in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood has been preliminarily identified as UPS employee Jimmy Lam.

"I saw police officers go up from the ramp and then storm the buildings", he said.

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Evan Sernoffsky has reported that two people were killed at the scene and multiple victims have been transported to San Francisco General Hospital.

Emergency vehicles are parked and police gather outside a UPS package delivery warehouse where a shooting took place Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in San Francisco.

"Investigators are going through painstaking interviews with everyone who was in the building" when the shooting occurred, including any non-employees who may have been present, he added.

Another UPS employee, who gave his name only as Nick, said he was on the third floor of the building when he heard a series of what he described as "metal on metal" noises. "It was like tat, tat, tat, tat, tat, tat, tat".

A witness says he heard at least five gunshots and saw UPS drivers running down the street screaming "shooter, shooter" after the shots were fired.

Police do not have a motive, nor do they know if the victims were random or targeted, but they do not believe the shooting was related to terrorism, Chaplin said.

The shooting happened on the third floor of the UPS building, a worker told KCBS radio. He later died at a nearby hospital.

"I was sick to my stomach, seeing those bodies", Chino said. "He didn't talk much.and he killed himself, too, after he killed the others. I feel awful for the people hurt and for the UPS team that was there but survived".

Mayor Ed Lee condemned the violence and praised authorities for a "very proactive response".

"UPS employs 850 at the facility".

The construction worker said he also saw people on the roof with their hands up, letting police know they were unarmed. Today's tragedy will be felt in every community served by these committed employees. Spokesman Brent Andrew told the Chronicle that the hospital had accepted a few victims "and we're expecting more".

The United States has among the most permissive gun rights of any developed country, with the right to "keep and bear arms" enshrined in the Constitution's Second Amendment.

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