Gunman kills UPS co-workers, self
Two police officers also injured
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.”
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.