A UPS driver shot and killed three of his co-workers in San Francisco before turning the gun on himself. The gunman has been identified as Jimmy Lam, 38. When police were called to the scene around 9 a.m. local time on June 14, officers reported that the shooter was “down.” In total, Lam shot five people, plus himself. Two wounded survivors are being treated at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. The UPS facility in question, along 16th and Potrero streets, is the main UPS facility in the city. Lam was a resident of the San Francisco area.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. ‘A Mob of UPS Drivers’ Ran Out of the Facility ‘Screaming Shooter, Shooter’
UPS spokesman Steve Gaut told the Associated Press that Lam was an employee. Gaut said that Lam opened fire while drivers were preparing their deliveries for the day. A witness to the aftermath, Robert Kim, told the AP that he heard “five to eight rapid gunshots.” Kim said he then saw “a mob of UPS drivers” who were “screaming shooter, shooter.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Lam shot himself in the head when he was confronted by police officers.
A massive police response descended on the facility, about two and a half miles from the downtown area of San Francisco. Other employees could be seen being escorted out by officers who continued to search the building for other victims and witnesses.
Another witness, named Michelle, told KRON, “I was confused. They crossed the street and when they got to me, they said, ‘Run, there is a shooter,’ so I started to run with them. Several of them said it was a driver they worked with who had a gun and opened fired. I feel terrible for the people hurt and for the UPS team that was there but survived.”
Lam waited until a regular morning wrapped up before opening fire. CBS San Francisco’s Jackie Ward reported that, according to the wife of a witness, Lam shot three people “execution style.”
The SFPD confirmed that the two guns were recovered from the scene. One of those has been referred to as an “assault pistol.” That gun was later confirmed to be a Mac-10. His backpack was “full of ammo,” according to NBC San Francisco’s Janelle Wang.
Officials say Lam acted alone and the incident is not being considered as a terrorist attack.
2. Lam Had a ‘History of Mental Illness’ & Was Estranged From His Wife
Lam had a history of mental illness, according to NBC San Francisco’s Laura Garcia Cannon. While ABC San Francisco’s Dan Noyes reports that Lam was estranged from his wife. While the station also reports that Lam lived in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of the city with his children.
KTVU reports that Lam lived at 335 4th avenue. Police were seen raiding the house at around 3:30 p.m. on the day of the UPS shooting. One neighbor told the station: “It’s really creepy that people next door have the ability to have guns and have the ability to shoot people that they work with. It creeps me out and I don’t feel safe.” While others described Lam as a quiet man who didn’t talk much and kept to himself.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a BMW was among the items seized from Lam’s home. In 2010 and 2013, Lam was cited for driving under the influence, according to the Chronicle. The newspaper says that in the 2010 case, Lam had his license suspended after crashing into a parked car. He was driving without a license or insurance at the time.
A coworker of Lam’s told ABC San Francisco’s Dan Noyes said that the gunman “had it out for the manager.” That coworker said that Lam had problems in his personal life. No motive has been made public by authorities.
A union official told KRON that Lam had filed a union grievance due to an overtime issue. A coworker had told ABC San Francisco that Lam was a “loner.” That coworker said, “I never heard anything about him other than when it came to management. He would have friction with management.”
3. One of the Victims Has Been Named as ‘Big Teddy Bear’ Mike Lefiti
One of the victims has been named as ‘Big Teddy Bear’ Mike Lefiti, 46, of Hercules. Lefiti’s cousin, Bob Toia, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “He would always give you the shirt off his back. He was a real dedicated person to his family, to his wife, to his kids. If you need anything, Mike was there for you. He was always there for you.”
According to his Facebook page, Lefiti married Danielle Marquez in June 2011. The page says that Lefiti had worked at UPS since March 2000 and that he was a graduate of Westmoor High School. He lists two sons, Jeremiah and Malachi, on his profile. Jeremiah wrote on his Facebook page, “S**t ain’t never gon be the same witout you down here wit us pops ??? Love and miss you dad.”
A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help Lefiti’s family.
The other victims have been named as Wayne Chan, 56, and Benson Louis, 50.
UPS said in a statement that 850 people are employed at the facility, it’s the largest in San Francisco. The statement added, “The company is saddened and deeply concerned about affected employees, family members and the community we share. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those touched by this incident.”
The area is close to the Anchor Steam brewery.
4. State Senator Scott Wiener Said in Response: ‘Way Too Many Shootings in This Country. It’s Depressing’
California State Senator Scott Wiener said in response to the shooting, “Praying for the shooting victims at the UPS facility in San Francisco. Way too many shootings in this country. It’s depressing.” Meanwhile, Mayor Ed Lee, said, “I want to offer my condolences to the individuals & families affected by the senseless act of violence at the @UPS facility in Potrero Hill.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein said:
I was heartbroken to learn that yet another senseless act of gun violence has marred our wonderful city. My heart goes out to the victims and their families, and to everyone affected by this despicable act.
I can’t help but recall the 101 California Street shooting in 1993, when eight people lost their lives.
Violence is never the answer, but the continuing scourge of gun violence is particularly disheartening. 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. We must do more to address the underlying roots of these tragic events.
5. The Shooting Came Hours After James Hodgkinson Shot Rep. Scalise & 3 Others in Virginia
Just hours prior to the UPS shooting, James Hodgkinson shot Congressman Steve Scalise and three other victims during a Republican baseball practice in Virginia. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was then shot dead by Scalise’s security detail. Scalise was shot in the hip and is in critical condition. Hodgkinson’s actions were swiftly decried by Senator Bernie Sanders. The gunman in that incident had volunteered on Sanders’ presidential campaign.
Hodgkinson is thought to have asked if those playing baseball were Republicans or Democrats prior to opening fire.