Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Four Dead in Shooting at UPS Facility in San Francisco

quote [ Updated 2:20 p.m.A UPS employee shot and killed three coworkers at the company's main shipping facility in San Francisco Wednesday morning before turning his gun on himself and taking his own life ]

And in front of Barclays in NYC :/ guy got shot in the ankle

A UPS employee shot and killed three coworkers at the company’s main shipping facility in San Francisco Wednesday morning before turning his gun on himself and taking his own life. Two others, also UPS workers, were wounded.

In a late morning media briefing, San Francisco Police Department Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin said officers sped to the scene after receiving reports of gunfire at the UPS building — which covers a block near 16th Street and Potrero Avenue — at 8:55 a.m.

Chaplin said one police response team encountered the gunman, whom he said was armed with an assault pistol. When officers confronted the attacker, Chaplin said, he shot himself in the head. The man died after being taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

UPS spokesman Steve Gaut told The Associated Press the gunman was an employee before drivers were sent out to do their normal daily deliveries.

Police said they had not determined a motive for the attack, but that it was not considered a terrorist incident.

The conditions of the two surviving victims, who were also UPS employees, was not immediately known.

UPS workers cross 16th Street shortly after a shooting at the companies’ facility at 17th and Utah Street. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
Officer Tracy Green of the SFPD’s Bayview Station told KQED just after the incident unfolded that an active shooter was “down” at the scene and that officers were sweeping the UPS shipping facility that covers the block between 16th and 17th streets and Utah Street and San Bruno Avenue.

Green said the shooter was found with a self-inflicted wound.

Dozens of police officers, including members of the SFPD’s SWAT team armed with semi-automatic rifles, swarmed the area just before 9 a.m.

A UPS employee who asked that her name be withheld told KQED’s John Sepulvado that she was in a break room when the shooting started.

“I heard ‘boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,’ and I’m thinking, ‘OK, it’s either boxes falling or gunshots,” she said. “And then I heard another boom, and then I hear someone screaming, ‘Everybody run, everybody run.’”

UPS driver Marvin Calderon said he was at his truck when he heard a series of shots. He told reporters he didn’t see the shooting because his vehicle was between the shooter and him.

“I just started screaming, ‘Get out! Get out! There’s gunfire, gunshots. Go! Go!'” Calderon said. “And then everyone Everybody started running. It was too quick. Less than 30 seconds.”

Calderon estimated he heard seven shots in an initial round of firing and that the gunman fired another five or six shots near the corner of 17th Street and San Bruno Avenue. In the hours immediately after the shooting, two bodies lay under yellow tarps at that corner.

Robert Kim, who runs an auto repair shop in the neighborhood, told the AP he heard at least five gunshots and saw UPS drivers running down the street screaming “shooter, shooter.”

Hayward Cook, who described himself as a UPS human resources manager, told KQED he was interviewing people in a conference room when he heard five gunshots.

He said that as the shots came closer, he moved people into nearby offices to “hunker down.”

Cook said he heard another series of five shots before the area fell silent and he escaped from the building with others.

In a statement, UPS said: “The company is saddened and deeply concerned about affected employees, family members and the community we share. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those touched by this incident. To assist our employees during this time, UPS has made professional counseling available.”

UPS workers leaving the company shipping facility where a fellow employee opened fire early Wednesday. Four people, including the gunman, were killed and two other wounded. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein also issued a statement late Wednesday morning, one that recalled San Francisco’s worst mass shooting — 1993’s 101 California Street attack, in which nine people died.

“I was heartbroken to learn that yet another senseless act of gun violence has marred our wonderful city,” Feinstein said. “My heart goes out to the victims and their families, and to everyone affected by this despicable act. “I can’t help but recall the 101 California Street shooting in 1993, when eight people lost their lives. Violence is never the answer, but the continuing scourge of gun violence is particularly disheartening.”

SFPD officers and emergency responders outside of the UPS facility at 17th and Utah Streets shortly after a shooting at the facility on Wednesday morning. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
This post will be updated. KQED’s Holly Kernan, Ted Goldberg, Ryan Levi, John Sepulvado, Miranda Leitsinger and Adam Grossberg contributed to this report.

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.
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sanepride said @ 9:51pm GMT on 14th Jun
Another day in the USA...
midden said @ 9:57pm GMT on 14th Jun
A little ahead of the average of two dead per day for mass shootings in the US, but May was a slow month.
rylex said @ 10:38pm GMT on 14th Jun
oh shit. one of my co-workers has a 2nd job here part time. i wonder if he knows the guy
Anonynonymous said @ 10:55pm GMT on 14th Jun
San Francisco has one of the toughest gun law around. And what the hell is an assault pistol?
Fish said @ 11:46pm GMT on 14th Jun
midden said[1] @ 12:04am GMT on 15th Jun
Just think, "uzi."
backSLIDER said @ 1:25am GMT on 15th Jun
I know you are making a joke but I'm going to sperlge out a bit... please don't mind me. If it is a sub machine gun (pull the trigger until you run out of pistol rounds) then it would be an NFA machine gun to the feds and totally illegal to anyone except the movie industry, cops or former cops and legislators. If it is a one trigger pull on shot then it is no different then any other pistol except it cool scary/cool. Either way as of July of this year you are only allowed a 10rd magazine.
midden said @ 2:09am GMT on 15th Jun
Not exactly a joke. I'm not a gun person, so I'm speaking from significant ignorance, but...

As a standard weapon in many FPSs and a common fixture in action movies, it's probably the closest thing to "assault pistol" most people know. While there are some variations that are not "machine" guns, having no full auto option, they're not usually found in FPS games or on the big screen. "Think of an Uzi," is a reasonable short response to the question, "What is an assault pistol?"
bbqkink said @ 12:10am GMT on 15th Jun
"And what the hell is an assault pistol?"

You asked a really good question. The trouble is "assault weapon" is almost impossible to define. And if you can't define it you can't ban it.

This is not an assault weapon it is a 22 cal rifle

This is a common hand gun one favored by police not a saturdaynight special by any means.

By with simple online instructions can be turned in to this

backSLIDER said @ 1:29am GMT on 15th Jun
Ahgnnn *adjusts fadora* actually, they did define it. This was as close as they could get to describing ar15s and it swept up a bunch of other stuff.
bbqkink said[2] @ 2:03am GMT on 15th Jun
According to this definition that 22 is an assault weapon.
Oh and the Glock is not.

Another small problem..assault weapons isn't what is killing most Americans its hand guns and nobody has any idea what to do to make that safer.
backSLIDER said @ 3:45am GMT on 15th Jun
Well, and the law is changing this year to ban the "bullet button" and change that to be more complicated. I'm not not saying you are wrong. I'm saying it is crazy complicated, weird and written to be effective.
bbqkink said[1] @ 4:39am GMT on 15th Jun
Therein lies the rub. I don't know how to do it. and from what I seen neither does anybody else.

Then there is something that should be easy to get something done about.

Put and end to Arms trafficking, also known as gunrunning, is the trafficking of contraband weapons and ammunition. What constitutes legal trade in firearms varies widely, depending on local and national laws.

If you sell an run guns and get caught should be a minimum of 20 years...but nothing.
Most of the people who get killed in my state get killed by a gunrunners weapon.

And universal background checks 95% of people agree it makes common sense but not a chance of passage.

If we cant do the easy stuff like gunrunners and background checks...we will never get to the really hard stuff.
Morris Forgot his Password said @ 2:43pm GMT on 15th Jun
the .22 would be illegal in Canada on account of the barrel length and the hi-capacity magazine. The pistol goes without saying is a restricted weapon.

But you are correct, the .22 is not an assault rifle. Here though, we restrict or ban weapons based on specs, not labels

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