Suspected Cupertino Quarry shooter killed by police

Shareef Allman went on a shooting spree on October 5, 2011 at the California Limeston quarry, killing 3 and wounding many. Photo City of Cupertino.

Suspected Cupertino quarry shooter Shareef Allman was killed this morning in the Sunnyvale neighborhood, approximately five miles east of where the crime occurred. Three deputies, on routine patrol, encountered a man matching the suspected shooter’s description around 7:30 a.m. The officers opened fire after Allman hid behind a vehicle in a residential driveway, and threatened the deputies with a firearm.

The shooting occurred one day after a large scale manhunt for the man accused of opening fire at a California limestone quarry, killing three co-workers, and wounding seven. Following Wednesday’s shooting, Cupertino schools were locked down, and residents were warned to stay indoors as authorities searched for the suspect.  Allman is also suspected of shooting a woman in an attempted carjacking following the rampage at Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant.

It has also been reported that the suspect showed the assault rifle over the weekend to a friend, Brandon Powell, and commented about taking it to work. Powell claims that Allman laughed as he discussed racist colleagues, and how they had been discriminating against him. Powell did not take Allman’s threats seriously, and like other family and friends of the suspect, described him as a kind person and devoted father.

Those killed in the shooting have been identified as John Vallejos, 51, Mark Munoz, 59, and Manuel Pinon, 48. Some of the wounded remained in critical condition on Thursday. Investigators are confident that the man killed by police this morning is Shareef Allman, but the Santa Clara County coroner is expected to confirm the identity of the shooter.