New Details Paint Suicidal Portrait Of Cupertino Gunman

SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) — The gunman in the Cupertino quarry shooting rampage made suicidal comments and brandished a handgun before the deputies opened fire, according to the lawyer for the deputies. Meanwhile, new details emerged from investigators and people who knew the gunman, 47-year-old Shareef Allman.

According to Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, shortly after Allman left the shooting scene at a the Lehigh Southwest Cement plant, he used a company-issued radio, walkie- talkie to taunt his victims and other co-workers.

Investigators paraphrased what he said, which was to the effect of  “I see you. I’m watching you. I’m going to come back and finish you off,” said Cardoza.

Sheriff’s deputies believe Allman had strategically placed an assault rifle under a dumpster near an Arco gas station and another assault rifle across the street in parking lot, with 2 bags packed with ammo, to prepare for a final shootout-type scene, according to Cardoza.

A close friend of Allman also said he showed off an assault rifle over the weekend and said he would use it at work.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Officials said three deputies were on routine patrol Thursday morning in Sunnyvale when they spotted the man believed to be Shareef Allman crouching behind a car.

Terry Bowman, who represents Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies Fabian De Santiago, Christopher Hilt and Lindsay Crist, said that when they confronted him, the man uttered the words “kill me” before raising the hand in which he held a gun.

Authorities had been hunting for the 47-year-old Allman since Wednesday, when he allegedly opened fire at a workplace meeting, killing three colleagues and wounding six.

Bowman said all three deputies are cooperating with the investigation.

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  • can't trust 'em

    a guy named shareef does something violent – no surprise there.

    • Bravo

      Also, clearly no surprise that you are really awesome at making assumptions!!

  • JaneQPublic

    Sounds like this guy Allman was a festering sore for years before he deliberately murdered his co-workers in the most cowardly manner – picking off unarmed men one-by-one. THANK YOU to the deputies that put him down like the mad dog he was.

    According to KTVU news reports “Allman had run a nonprofit youth development organization and produced and hosted a public access television show in San Jose. He also wrote a novel about the evils of domestic violence. ”

    Yeah – that’s why his wife had to get a restraining order against him after he physically abused her.

    The epitaph on this dog’s headstone should read “Coward, Murderer & Hypocrite – Good riddance!”

    Condolances to all the people whose lives were so ruthlessly changed (or ended) by Shareef Allman.

  • Tom

    Unfortunately, we feel that the police (Homeland Security, FBI, U.S. Marshall’s, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Gilroy, Campbell, and San Martin police departments, along with the Santa Clara Sheriff, with their SWAT teams, could have done a better job.

    How did this guy turn up on Thursday, a few yards from where he was last seen early Wednesday morning, after the entire neighborhood was swept? Police dogs, house to house and yard to yard searches turned up nothing.

    Then three Santa Clara County Sheriff Deputies made a “routine patrol” Thursday morning, and found him. Funny thing we never see “routine patrols” in our neighborhood.

    After 12 hours of enjoying three helicopters in the air, streets blocked off and unable to get to our home until 9 PM Wednesday evening, we were finally allowed to go home.

    At 7:41 AM the Thursday morning the suspect is shot. 8 AM saw two helicopters in the air until 0915. We will never know the whole story. So many died and shot for what? We just do not feel safe after all that occurred. Why should we?

    • Tom

      Oh the good news is that the three deputies have a lawyer. That seems strange but this is a strange world we live in.

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