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Workplace Shooter's Family: "No Words"

The family says they don't know the man who pulled the trigger, adding their father was kind.



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    45-year-old Shareef Allman is the man police were searching for. Friends and neighbors describe him as happy go lucky and were shocked to hear he was the suspect they heard about on the news.

    The family of the alleged gunman in Wednesday's shooting rampage  at a Cupertino quarry released a statement expressing  "heartfelt condolences" to those impacted by the events.

     "There are no words that can express how very sorry we are, or how  badly we feel," the family of Shareef Allman said. "We don't understand why  this happened, and we truly wish that we could change the tragic events of  this week."

      The shooting occurred at about 4:15 a.m. at the Lehigh Southwest  Cement Plant at 24001 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Cupertino when Allman allegedly  opened fire on other employees gathered at a meeting.

      John Robert Vallejos, 51, and Mark Munoz, 59, both of San Jose, as  well as Manuel Guadalupe Pinon, 48, of Newman, died from injuries sustained  during the shooting, according to the Santa Clara County sheriff's office.

      Allman allegedly fled the worksite and carjacked a woman at  gunpoint shortly before 7 a.m. in a Hewlett-Packard company parking lot. When  the woman refused, he allegedly shot her once and fled. She sustained  injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

    "We truly express our heartfelt condolences to the victims, their  families, extended families, friends, and communities that have been affected  directly or indirectly by this horrific tragedy," Allman's family said.

    A day after the shooting, sheriff's deputies on patrol during the  massive manhunt for Allman shot and killed the 49-year-old San Jose man.

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      "We are completely shocked and struggle with the events (that)  occurred, because the Shareef that we knew was a loving father and good man  who lived his life helping others, volunteering and advocating for positive  change for compelling social issues," his family said. "He encouraged people  to live and love life, and to love their children, as he did."

      In the statement, the family also requested privacy as it mourns.

       "Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the affected  families and loved ones as they grieve and mourn," the family said.

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