911 Tapes From Cupertino Quarry Shooting Released
SAN JOSE (KCBS/AP) – Emergency dispatchers received desperate calls for help after a man opened fire at a Santa Clara County quarry, with victims breathlessly urging police and ambulances to come quickly.
“Please, please,” one caller begs. “They’re going to die.”
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office on Thursday released the 911 tapes from the Oct. 5 shooting at Lehigh Southwest Cement plant in Cupertino, where authorities say Shareef Allman killed three co-workers and injured six at a pre-dawn safety meeting.
The recordings recount a desperate scene.
“There’s blood all over,” one caller said. “There’s no cloth that’s going to stop what’s going on here. Have you ever seen a massacre? That’s what it looks like right here in the office.”
KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:
Another caller said he had been shot in the arms and maybe the leg.
“There’s blood coming out everywhere,” he said. “But it’s not me I’m worried about. It’s my supervisor. He got shot in the heart.”
The first call came into 911 dispatchers at 4:27 a.m. from the control room at the quarry.
“I got to report a shooting,” the man said. “I’m the 911 call for the whole place.”
He told the dispatcher that he received an emergency call from the site of the shooting, a trailer in the back of the quarry.
“A guy just screaming on the phone. There’s people shot in the quarry,” he said. He doesn’t know how many people have been wounded.
The next call is from inside where the shooting took place.
His voice shaking, the man tells the dispatcher they need police and an ambulance.
“Somebody shot everybody,” he said. “Please, please. They’re going to die.”
During the calls the dispatchers try to amass more information about the scene, as well as the identity and location of the shooter.
One of the callers said Allman left, and he describes his car. After Allman fled the quarry, authorities say he shot a woman while trying to steal her car.
“I saw a lady lying on the ground. One guy was leaning over her,” a woman who called 911 says. “I’m afraid.”
The dispatcher tells the woman to go inside, lock the doors and wait for police.
Allman evaded authorities for the next 27 hours. He killed himself when police confronted and shot him the following day as he hid in neighboring Sunnyvale, authorities said.
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