Victims, gunman identified in UPS shooting
The four people who died, including the gunman, in Wednesday morning’s shooting inside a San Francisco UPS facility have been identified, police said.
San Francisco resident Jimmy Lam, 38, shot five people at about 8:55 a.m. at the facility located at 320 San Bruno Ave. As officers were arriving, Lam then allegedly shot himself in the head, according to police.
The three victims who died from their injuries have been identified as San Francisco residents Wayne Chan, 56, and Benson Louie, 50, and Hercules resident Michael Lefiti, 46.
Two other victims were taken to a hospital, police said.
Lam was reportedly wearing a UPS uniform when he began shooting. Officers were able to recover two weapons at the scene.
Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin said that in addition to the shooting victims, five others suffered various injuries, most of them occurring during the rush to escape.
The ordeal triggered a shelter-in-place order for residents in the area and shut down surrounding streets for much of the day while police evacuated the facility and conducted a search for any additional survivors or victims.
Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the shooting and do not know if the employees who were shot were specifically targeted, Chaplin said. They have interviewed all witnesses and are currently interviewing victim’s families in a search for clues.
“We’re going to have to go back and reconstruct not just the last 24 hours, but if there was something that happened in the weeks and months prior.”
According to UPS spokesman Steve Gaut about 350 employees work at the facility, which operates as a package sorting hub and delivery center.
“The company is saddened and deeply concerned about affected employees, family members and the community we share.”
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee issued a statement, offering:
“… condolences and thoughts for the individuals and families affected by the senseless act of violence. … We all know the familiar faces of our local UPS drivers and delivery persons. … Today’s tragedy will be felt in every community served by these committed employees.”