Posted by on June 14, 2017
Categories: Bay Area

Four people died in a shooting involving UPS employees at the company’s facility in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood this morning, police said.

Six people in all were shot in a case that was reported at 8:55 a.m. at the UPS facility at 320 San Bruno Ave. at 17th Street, Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin said.

The shooting suspect is among the four dead, Chaplin said.

Responding officers found shooting victims at the scene and moved them to safety for medical treatment, then encountered the suspect dressed in a brown UPS uniform. The suspect put a gun to his head and shot himself, Chaplin said.

He said investigators haven’t determined a possible motive for the shooting.

Police advised people in other nearby buildings to shelter in place while they conducted a search of the building. Police have since said that the building is secure and investigators are interviewing victims and witnesses.

Chaplin said police are working with other city agencies to set up reunification sites for family and friends. Two sites have been set up at 500 San Bruno Ave. and 100 Kansas St., he said.

The off-ramp from northbound U.S. Highway 101 to Vermont Street was shut down as a result of the shooting and several San Francisco Municipal Railway bus lines that go through the area were re-routed.

UPS spokesman Steve Gaut said about 350 employees work at the facility at 320 San Bruno Ave., which operates as a package sorting hub and delivery center.

Gaut said, “The company is saddened and deeply concerned about affected employees, family members and the community we share.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein issued a statement about the shooting, saying she “was heartbroken to learn that yet another senseless act of gun violence has marred our wonderful city.”

Feinstein, who served as San Francisco’s mayor after the assassinations of then-Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk at City Hall in 1978, said today’s shooting led her to recall yet another mass workplace shooting in San Francisco, the one at 101 California St. in 1993 in which eight people died.

“Violence is never the answer, but the continuing scourge of gun violence is particularly disheartening,” she said. “As we learn more details of this shooting, I’m hopeful that we can take away lessons to help prevent these acts from occurring in the future.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee also 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,” Lee said. “Today’s tragedy will be felt in every community served by these committed employees.”