Sheriff releases 911 tapes from Cupertino shooting

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday released 911 tapes from the now-infamous shooting spree at a Cupertino quarry earlier this month.

One of the callers was among the people who died following the deadly attack on October 5. He told the dispatcher he’d been shot once in the leg and twice in the arm. The dispatcher instructed him on how to treat his own wounds and those of his colleagues by using a cloth to apply pressure.

“[I]t’s not me I’m worried about,” the victim is heard saying on the tapes. “It’s more my supervisor. He’s got two by the heart. There’s blood all over. No cloth is going to stop what’s going on right here.”

The caller identified shooter Shareef Allman by name, saying he had an AK-47 and had gone “postal.”

Shareef Allman

“He pulled out an AK-47 and started shooting everybody,” the man said.

The man wasn’t the only victim calling for help.

“Have you ever seen a massacre?” another caller asked a dispatcher. “That’s what it looks like right here in this office.”

Allman, who was apparently upset by the way he’d recently been treated at work, killed three people in the meeting at the Lehigh Cement Plant on Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino. He then fled the scene and attempted to carjack a woman at the Hewlett Packard facility in nearby Sunnyvale. His attempt failed, but the woman was shot and wounded in the process.

Alllman then disappeared, resulting in a nearly 24-hour manhunt involving multiple police agencies on the local and federal levels. He was located the next day in the driveway of a residence in a quiet Sunnyvale suburb and shot by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies. But not before he turned his weapon on himself. The week after the shootings, the Santa Clara County Coroner confirmed that Allman died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

During his hours-long rampage, Allman shot nine people and killed three.

Read more:

SF Gate, 911 tapes recall desperate scene at Calif. quarry

NBC Bay Area, 911 tapes released in Cupertino shooting

Huffington Post, Cupertino quarry shooting: 911 tapes recall desperate scene in Northern California


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