Gun­man kills UPS co-work­ers, self

Two po­lice of­fi­cers also in­jured

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY PAUL ELIAS

SAN FRAN­CISCO | A UPS em­ployee armed with an as­sault weapon opened fire Wed­nes­day in­side one of the com­pany’s San Fran­cisco pack­ing fa­cil­i­ties, killing three co-work­ers be­fore fa­tally shoot­ing him­self as em­ploy­ees fled fran­ti­cally into the streets shout­ing “shooter!” and po­lice swarmed in, author­i­ties and wit­nesses said.

Amid a bar­rage of gun­fire, some work­ers sought refuge on the roof of the four-story fa­cil­ity, while oth­ers ran out­side and pounded on the win­dows of a pub­lic bus, wit­nesses said.

“They were scream­ing, ‘Go! Go! Go!’ ” said Jes­sica Franklin, 30, who was rid­ing to work when the bus made a reg­u­lar stop in front of the UPS fa­cil­ity. “As they got on the bus, they were all duck­ing.”

Two other United Par­cel Ser­vice em­ploy­ees were wounded in the shoot­ing that prompted a mas­sive po­lice re­sponse in one of the city’s in­dus­trial neigh­bor­hoods, about two miles from down­town San Fran­cisco, As­sis­tant Po­lice Chief Toney Chap­lin told re­porters.

UPS spokesman Steve Gaut said the shooter was a com­pany em­ployee. All the vic­tims were em­ploy­ees, the com­pany said in a state­ment.

A San Fran­cisco Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cial iden­ti­fied him as Jimmy Lam of San Fran­cisco but had no im­me­di­ate de­tails on his back­ground, not­ing the name is com­mon in the Bay Area and find­ing in­for­ma­tion re­quired sig­nif­i­cant record searches. The of­fi­cial spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

Of­fi­cials, UPS em­ploy­ees and wit­nesses de­scribed chaos as shots rang out dur­ing a morn­ing meet­ing be­fore driv­ers were sent on their de­liv­ery routes.

Po­lice have not yet re­leased vic­tims’ names, but fam­i­lies and friends iden­ti­fied one of the peo­ple killed as 46-year-old Mike Le­fiti, a UPS driver.

Mr. Le­fiti’s cousin, Mack Toia, told KGO-TV he was at the fa­cil­ity wait­ing to pick up Mr. Le­fiti when he heard shots. He left his van and saw his cousin sprawled on con­crete be­hind a gate, Mr. Toia said.

“The po­lice of­fi­cers were right on the scene just like that. I got to touch him, but I couldn’t hug him,” Mr. Toia said. “They just pushed me away be­cause they were try­ing to re­sus­ci­tate him.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A UPS worker killed three of his co-work­ers and took his own life at a pack­age de­liv­ery ware­house in San Fran­cisco Wed­nes­day. Two po­lice of­fi­cers were also in­jured in the shoot­ing.

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