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UPS shooting leaves four dead, including gunman, in San Francisco

A man dressed in a UPS uniform and armed with an “assault pistol” opened fire at a United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) package sorting hub in San Francisco, killing three people before fatally shooting himself in the head, police said.

The shooter and the victims were all drivers, said Steve Gaut, head of investor relations at UPS. The man opened fire while the workers were gathered for their daily morning meeting before going out on their routes, he added.

Two other people were shot and have been taken to an area hospital, San Francisco police said. Police have not identified the gunman or the victims.

The incident was not terrorism related but the motive is not known, Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin told a news conference. Police recovered two firearms from the UPS facility, which employs 350 people.

People being evacuated hold their hands above their heads after a shooting incident at a UPS facility in San Francisco

People being evacuated hold their hands above their heads for police in the area of a shooting incident at a United Parcel Service (UPS) facility in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

“We are always saddened by the loss of life to gun violence. Any shooting is one shooting too many,” San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said on Twitter.

Gaut said the facility’s employees have been released from work and he believes most have left the building. The company is providing trauma and grief counseling.

Video showed a massive police presence near the facility, with workers being led out and embracing each other on the sidewalk outside.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those touched by this incident,” UPS said in a statement.

Victims were taken to the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, spokesman Brent Andrew said. He said he could not say how many patients were taken to the hospital or give their conditions.

In 2014, a man shot and killed two of his supervisors before turning the gun on himself at a UPS distribution center in Birmingham, Alabama. The gunman had recently been fired from the facility.

This report was originally published on Reuters by Emmett Berg  and Click for more 

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