Neighbors who live in the area where a woman was shot in a Hewlett-Packard parking lot say they heard the shots around 6:30 or 7 a.m. Wednesday.
“I was getting ready for work when I heard the shots,” said David Keith who lives with his wife Daisy Wu on Homestead Road.
“At first I thought it was gunshots, then I thought not in this neighborhood,” he said. “Then I heard the helicopters and thought I was right.”
Keith and Wu, who cannot get back into their home talked to their nextdoor neighbor who said the suspect, Shareef Allman, ran into their backyard.
And a few doors down Dylan Nielsen’s sister, who is stuck inside their home until the search is over, said the SWAT team had searched their home. Nielsen had already left for class at De Anza College where he is a student and is waiting to go back home.
Allman’s car, a brown Cougar, was recovered behind the Arco gas station at the corner of Homestead and Wolfe Roads, and according to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jose Cardoza, the vehicle is being processed for fingerprints and other evidence.
Allman, 45, is considered armed and dangerous. Police are showing a photo of him and say he is about 6-feet tall.
Cardoza confirmed that Allman shot eight people at Lehigh Cement around 4:30 a.m. The whole shooting event took less than two minutes, he said. Three people have been confimed dead.
The woman who was shot in the HP parking lot received non-life threatening wounds, but Cardoza could not confirm any other details. Allman attempted to carjack the woman’s car but failed and fled on foot through an HP parking lot gate on Homestead and ran across the road.
Several police agencies including Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies, and police from Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose Police, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy are combing the neighborhood in search of Allman.
Allman is not from Cupertino or Sunnyvale, Cardoza said, but he could not release the suspect’s city of residence because of the ongoing search.