Shooting erupts at San Francisco UPS facility; police urge neighbors to shelter in place – Los Angeles Times
A shooting at United Parcel Service facility in San Francisco killed “multiple” people Wednesday morning, according to a company spokesman.
Four employees were involved in the shooting, including the gunman, according to Steven Gaut, a UPS spokesman. Gaut said the shooter was a driver.
The shooting occurred around 9 a.m. and prompted the San Francisco Police Department to issue a “shelter in place” alert to the neighborhood. The UPS facility is located on the border of the Mission District and Potrero Hill neighborhoods.
Police declared the building “secure” and that the incident was “contained” just after 10:30 a.m. in a tweet. Officers continued to search the building for additional victims and witnesses.
Gaut said employees were evacuated from the facility, which processes packages for delivery in the San Francisco area and has 815 workers.
It is unknown how many employees were in the facility at the time of the shooting, Gaut said.
“I don’t remember anything like this in California in recent history,” he said.
In a series of tweets that began just after 9 a.m., police told the public to avoid the area of 17th and Vermont streets.
Police officials did not immediately say if anyone was wounded or killed.
Brent Andrew, spokesman for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the hospital had received victims, but he did not know exactly how many or their conditions.
The situation is ongoing and police said they would alert people when the lockdown has been lifted.
Police and city officials urged residents to avoid the area and remain indoors, said Francis Zamora, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Emergency Management.
He declined to release any information on the number of causalities or say whether there was an active shooting incident.
“We want to let the first responders go in safely first,” Zamora said.
May Vang, who works across the street from the facility, said that by 10 a.m. police and UPS workers were standing around outside.
“I didn’t hear anything,” she said. “I’m used to sirens going off so I didn’t even pay attention.”
A Twitter user across the street from the building tweeted that he heard seven or eight gunshots and saw employees standing on the building’s roof parking lot with their hands up. Media at the scene reported seeing a police tactical team go inside when the incident was unfolding.
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10:45 a.m.: This article was updated with comments from Gaut.
10:20 a.m.: This article was updated with comments from a hospital spokesman and San Francisco police.
10:00 a.m.: This article was updated with comments from Gaut.
9:40 a.m.: This article was updated with comments from Zamora.
This article was originally published at 9:35 a.m.