The man alleged to have gone on a deadly shooting spree Wednesday in Cupertino has been shot to death by police, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department confirmed this morning.
Shareef Allman, 47, had been on the run from police since early Wednesday morning when he is believed to have shot and killed three people and wounded six others in Cupertino and Sunnyvale, authorities said.
Sheriff’s deputies were among the officers from multiple law enforcement agencies at the scene of the shooting in the driveway of a home on Lorne Way in Sunnyvale before 8 a.m., according to sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jose Cordoza. Reports indicated that Allman knew someone living on the quiet residential street.
The search for Allman began shortly after 4 a.m. when the first shots were fired during a safety meeting at Lehigh Hanson’s Permanente Cement plant in Cupertino, where Allman worked as a heavy equipment operator. Three people were killed and six others wounded in that shooting.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed the identities of the dead as being Mark Munoz, 59, John Vallejos, 51, and Manuel Guadalupe Pinon, 48.
According to police reports, Allman then fled in a 1999 Mercury hatchback and headed to the Hewlett-Packard offices on Homestead road where he shot a woman in the arm in an attempted carjacking.
The search, involving nearly all South Bay police departments, as well as the U.S. Marshals and an FBI SWAT team, continued throughout the day and into the night, being only slightly hampered by the rain. The suspect vehicle was eventually found last night at an Arco gas station at the intersection of Wolfe and Homestead roads in Cupertino where police dogs were able to briefly pick up Allman’s scent.
“They were able to get a scent from the car, but they were handicapped by the rain,” Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said.
Residents throughout Santa Clara County remained on high alert throughout the night as the gunman remained at large. Smith told residents to be vigilant and lock their doors.
Residents in the Lorne Way neighborhood were finally allowed to leave their homes by 9:45 this morning and schools in the area are all open today.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department held a press conference at 11:30 a.m. today at the sheriff’s headquarters on Younger Avenue in San Jose.