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Cupertino One Year Later: Quarry Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, Steve Jobs Dies

Do you remember where you were when you learned about an armed gunman in the city? Or where you were when you learned Steve Jobs died? Tell us about that day and what it means to you.

Friday marks arguably the biggest news day Cupertino residents have ever experienced. It started with an early morning shooting at the Lehigh Southwest Cement and Quarry and ended with the announcement of Steve Jobs’ death.

Early that morning, Shareef Allman opened fire on his co-workers and supervisors during a safety meeting leaving three dead, and six more injured. He fled, dumped his car in a parking lot at Homestead and Wolfe roads, attempted to carjack a car at nearby Hewlett-Packard parking lot and shot a woman there.

For the better part of that day Allman was hiding in a Sunnyvale neighborhood across from HP with armed SWAT teams scouring the streets looking for him.

Later that day more breaking news would shock Cupertino: Steve Jobs was dead. Hordes of mourners and admirers flocked to One Infinite Loop where piles of flowers, cards, apples and other offerings were left in his honor.

The next day while people were still pouring onto Apple headquarters' grounds to pay their respects, Allman appeared from behind a car parked in a driveway of the same neighborhood he had holed up in overnight.

Officers saw his gun and fired, but utlimately he died from his own gunshot wound.

Oct. 5 will be remembered by some in the world as the day Steve Jobs died; the day Apple changed forever. But the residents of Cupertino surely have a deeper connection to the hometown boy who graduated from Homestead High School and placed the headquarters and giant new campus in their city—and they will surely remember the fear of an armed shooter roaming their streets early in the morning.

Share your memories of that day here. How do you remember Oct. 5, 2011?

Anne Ernst (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Does that day stick in anyone else's head or just mine?
Bob M October 03, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Anne, I remember the day well. It is just too bad that the passing of Steve Jobs will be linked to the quarry shootings in the minds of some Cupertino residents. I do prefer to dwell on the positive things in the past rather than the negative, so I am not a person to "observe" days like this.
Anne Ernst (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 03:04 AM
It was such an awful day, all the way around. I can't forget it. And I can't forget attending the funerals of those who died in the quarry shooting either. The loss the families must continue to feel. I think when I "observe" days like this, it is to honor the memory of the lives of those we lost.

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