Gunman Kills 3 At San Francisco UPS Facility, Motive Under Investigation

Gunman Kills 3 At San Francisco UPS Facility, Motive Under Investigation

Gunman Kills 3 At San Francisco UPS Facility, Motive Under Investigation

Mayor Ed Lee, in a statement, said he "wanted to thank our fearless officers of the San Francisco Police Department and our dedicated employees at 911 and San Francisco General Hospital".

Police confirmed the shooting at the facility in the Potrero Hill neighborhood, about 2 ½ miles from downtown San Francisco but didn't release further information.

The man opened fire while the workers were gathered for their daily morning meeting before they were due to head out on their delivery routes, he added.

Employees of UPS were evacuated from the facility as officers tried to search for additional victims and witnesses, Xinhua reported.

ABC 7 reporter Dan Noyes tweeted that a UPS employee told him "Lam 'Had it out for a manager, '" and sources told NBC Bay Area that Lam had a history of mental illness. Investigators were still working to determine a motive. The gunman had recently been fired from the facility. One woman whose husband was in the facility was quoted by local media as saying that the gunman shot his victims execution-style.

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Stephens said no one heard the shooting as the building is too noisy. "Go!", said Jessica Franklin, 30, who was on her way to work when the bus made a regular stop in front of the UPS building.

Brent Andrew, spokesman for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, said Wednesday that the hospital had received victims, but he did not know exactly how many or their conditions.

Officers arrived to learn the suspect was still inside the building, Chaplin said. However, he pointed the gun at himself as soon as he saw them, he "put the gun to his head and discharged the weapon".

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took to Twitter to announce that they would respond to the shooting and file a report to San Francisco police. Mike Lefiti was fleeing from the building when Lam went out onto the street and shot him, Cilia said witnesses told him.

UPS spokesman Kyle Peterson confirmed in a statement that there had been an incident. "He always greeted me when I saw him".

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A man who lives a half block from the UPS center and who identified himself only as Chino said he had seen several people, their bodies covered with blood, dragged from the building by uniformed officers or firefighters and loaded into ambulances.

"Local law enforcement have control of the facility and are conducting an investigation". "He said something like, 'I'm hanging in there'".

Police urged bystanders to shelter in place and steer clear of the area by 17th and Vermont Sts., declaring the scene safe about 90 minutes later.

Former congresswoman and gun-safety advocate Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt in Arizona that claimed six lives, issued a statement lamenting the shootings in Virginia and California, calling them "a stark indication of the scope of gun violence epidemic we face as Americans".

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