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05 October 2011 @ 09:03 pm
Shocking Acts of Violence by Anti-Violence Writer  
A day that began with a pre-dawn bloodbath at a Cupertino cement plant, grewinto a massive manhunt that spread through a residential neighborhood in Sunnyvale, where SWAT teams in heavy body armor swept from house to house, frantically looking for the killer.

By the time darkness fell Wednesday, three people were dead, seven more had been treated for gunshot wounds at area hospitals and the suspected shooter, Shareef Allman, remained at large.

Allman, a 47-year-old heavy equipment operator at Lehigh Hanson's Permanente Cement Plant, , had been in a safety meeting with more than a dozen co-workers when, police say, he pulled a gun from his waistband and began shooting. One of the survivors of the shooting told the Mercury News that Allman felt co-workers were trying have him fired after he was repeatedly accused of driving recklessly at the quarry.

Many of his neighbors used to watch the community TV show Allman produced on San Jose's cable CreaTV, and saw him as a successful entrepreneur. In a videotaped interview, Allman talked about a book he wrote to empower women against domestic violence.

"I'm a father and raised a daughter from birth,'' Allman said in the interview, "and growing up in that type of environment and seen men abuse women, I said I can do something as an individual to make a difference."

The suspect is still at large.

I am sad for the families of his victims and also for his family. I hope he is safely apprehended and has a chance to make amends and redeem himself. He had lived a good life up to this point, a life where he tried to make a difference and reduce violence in our society. I hope this doesn't end up defining his whole life. We seem to have difficulty in our society with complexities of psychology and behavior. Good people do sometimes do bad things under pressure, and our whole society is under pressure right now.

I don't live very far from the area where these events took place. I think we are all on edge until he is in custody.
litlebananalitlebanana on October 6th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
I agree sometimes good people do bad things under pressure, but that would be, like, stealing money to pay the bills. Taking the lives of three innocent people goes above and beyond.
Tapatitapati on October 7th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Yes killing people is the worst thing you can do but if mental illness is involved then yes, a normally good person might be driven to that. (Andrea Yates being one example.)

He was shot by deputies this morning so I guess we'll never be able to get a mental health evaluation to find out what changed him from a person who spoke out against domestic violence and was said to have broken up fights rather than engaging in them to a person who chose guns to deal with his workplace situation.
axolotl9: vultureaxolotl9 on October 6th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
he was shot dead by Santa Clara sheriff's deputies this morning.
Tapatitapati on October 7th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Re: apparently
Yeah I saw it on the news (my sleep cycle is reversed so I hadn't heard the news when I went to sleep this a.m.) I guess he never got out of the neighborhood they were looking for him in yesterday. I guess we'll never get a chance to know what went on in his mind.