Families of several UPS workers were visibly shaken Wednesday as they waited in horror near the San Francisco building where an employee opened fire, killing three people before taking his own life.
Most said they had heard from loved ones inside, but some had not. Even the ones who had been told their loved ones were safe said they wouldn’t feel better until they were reunited in person.
"Scary, very scary," said Maria Olmedo, whose 21-year-old son works as a loader at the UPS facility. Olmedo rushed to the scene as soon as she heard about the shooting. "I was at work; it popped up on the news, and I immediately came."
Olmedo said workers there let her know her son wasn’t hurt.
Maria Hernandez stood nearby, waiting for her daughter.
"She didn't see anyone, the person; she just heard shots," Hernandez said. "She knows there were people down. I didn't talk to her for a long time, but she's OK."
Some had a far longer and more anxious wait for information as they began to hear descriptions of the shooting.
A family assistance center opened at 100 Kansas St., but many family members stayed close to the scene.