Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Several reportedly injured in shooting at UPS facility in San Francisco

Several reportedly injured in shooting at UPS facility in San Francisco

A gunman opened fire inside a UPS warehouse in San Francisco on Wednesday, killing at least three people and injuring two more before fatally shooting himself.

Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin said that in addition to the shooting victims, five others suffered various injuries, majority occurring during the rush to escape.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, an active shooter was reported at a UPS facility on San Bruno Avenue, near where police said they were responding.

Two other UPS employees were wounded and later released from a hospital.

Police offered no explanation as to a possible motive for the shooting.

UPS confirms there was an incident involving employees within the company's facility in San Francisco earlier this morning.

The shooter and the victims were all drivers, said Steve Gaut, head of investor relations at UPS.

Victims were taken to the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, spokesman Brent Andrew said.

It was not immediately clear how many employees were at the building, but UPS said the warehouse employed 350 people.

A San Francisco woman said she was riding a bus to work when she saw a group of workers streaming out of a UPS facility where an employee opened fire. He said the shooter had a handgun and that he recognized him as a UPS employee. Five other people suffered other injures which were believed caused in the evacuation of the facility, Chaplin said.

Toney said police were still interviewing "dozens" of witnesses who were inside the warehouse to understand what happened.

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Police treated the facility as a crime scene and put it on lockdown.

"Violence is never the answer, but the continuing scourge of gun violence is particularly disheartening", she said. "We are always saddened when someone loses a life to gun violence".

Joseph Cilia, with a local Teamsters union that represents UPS workers in San Francisco, told the AP that Lam filed the complaint in March.

Neighbors say they saw a man frequently come and go from the house in a brown UPS uniform and that he was very low-key, quiet and didn't take much.

"We all know the familiar faces of our local UPS drivers and delivery persons". "As they got on the bus, they were all ducking".

Police say the gunman killed himself after the shooting.

After the gunfire, auto shop owner Robert Kim said he saw "a mob of UPS drivers" running down the street screaming "shooter, shooter".

They're happy, hardworking people, and we know them.

The police declared a shelter-in-place order for the area in the immediate aftermath but lifted the order at around 11:30 a.m.

The United Parcel Service building where the shooting occurred is in a residential neighborhood, in the Potrero Hill area.

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