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Law Enforcement Going Door-to-Door, Searching Backyards for Shooting Suspect

Armed officers and dogs scouring Sunnyvale neighborhood near Cupertino border for suspect, Shareef Allman, 47.

As an armored tank patrols streets, armed officers and dogs are going door-to-door in a Sunnyvale neighborhood near Wolfe and Homestead roads searching for the suspect in this morning's shootings at Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant in Cupertino.

A large contingent of regional law enforcement including the U.S. Marshals and the FBI, are a part of the manhunt for Shareef Allman, 47, who Santa Clara County Sheriff's Deputies believe shot and killed three people at the cement plant, wounded six more, and then later shot and attempted to carjack a woman near Homestead Road and Tantau Avenue.

Tonight officers are knocking on doors near the intersection of Inverness Way and Nuthatch Lane and entering backyards with weapons drawn. If people are at home, the officers are entering houses to search.

Allman is believed to have escaped on foot after the attempted carjacking and shooting of a woman. Her injuries are not life threatening, Sheriff Laurie Smith told reporters earlier today.

A massive manhunt along the borders of Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara followed and continues tonight.

Smith said Allman is believed to be armed and dangerous. He is described as black, 5'11", 215 pounds, with a light beard.

She said they believe a hand gun and assault rifle were used in the attacks; officers later recovered some weapons in the area near the carjacking. Deputies confirmed he has weapons registered in his name.

Anyone with noticing suspicious activity in the area is encouraged to call 911. Citizens with any information about Allman should contact the Sheriff's non-emergency line at (408) 808-4500.

For residents who cannot return home due to the search a Red Cross shelter is now open at the Sunnyvale Senior Center from 6 pm for Sunnyvale and Cupertino residents. The address of Sunnyvale Senior Center is 550 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale; phone number is (408) 730-7360.

--Jennifer van der Kleut reporting from the field.

Tim October 06, 2011 at 02:00 AM
If people are at home, the officers are entering houses to search. With the homeowners permission of course, right? We do still work under the Constitution in this country, don't we? Because if the police were to just force their way into someone's home that would be a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment. I want this scumbag caught as much as anyone but we can't trounce on the Constitution to do it.
Jennifer van der Kleut October 06, 2011 at 02:14 AM
Tim - yes, the police are knocking on the front doors and asking homeowners' permission to enter their homes and backyards. From what I saw in the field, everyone has been more than happy to allow the officers in at this point.
Carrie October 06, 2011 at 02:23 AM
Is this still going? Listening to the scanner it sounded like they said all clear???
Carrie October 06, 2011 at 02:25 AM
I live right here on Homestead so I am confused if we can go out now or not?
Jennifer van der Kleut October 06, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Carrie - as of 6:30pm they were still going door to door. The theory is, the suspect may have been hiding in an empty home in which the homeowners were at work, because in that case, the police can't enter and find him since the homeowners weren't home to ask permission to enter. So now that people are starting to return home from work, they were stepping up the door to door search as of 6:30pm. I need to check and see if they finished searching the area at this point...
Jennifer van der Kleut October 06, 2011 at 02:29 AM
Carrie - some streets are closed off, but not all, I know Homestead and Wolfe is still blocked off. Depending on where you want to go, you may be able to take side streets out of the area - but then, there's the chance you may not be able to get back home if the situation changes.
Carrie October 06, 2011 at 02:30 AM
Thanks Jennifer, our IPOD get the SCPD & Fire scanner and it said something like all clear see you all back at the department. But no news updates, so a bit confusing.
Carrie October 06, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Yep that is true.
Carrie October 06, 2011 at 02:41 AM
don't hear the heliocopters anymore, so I am wondering if this is over??
Jennifer van der Kleut October 06, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Carrie - our reporter Pam Marino is attempting to call the Sunnyvale Police public information officer to check on the situation and find out if the area is clear. We will update as soon as possible.
Carrie October 06, 2011 at 02:45 AM
are you a reporter or resident? My scanner was down for a few minutes, which was odd. I am thinking this must be over. I will watch to see what you learn, thank you so much :o)
Jennifer van der Kleut October 06, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Carrie - I am both! :) Stay tuned to Patch!
Jay October 06, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Wolfe is no longer blocked at Inverness nor at Homestead. Tons of police were driving away from the HP command post. No lights flashing. Normal speed.
Carrie October 06, 2011 at 02:57 AM
hum maybe we will hear something on the 8:00 p.m. news. I hope he turned himself in and it ended without anyone else being hurt.

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