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Desperate 911 calls after Northern Calif. quarry shooting: "Please ... they're going to die"
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) ' Emergency dispatchers received desperate calls for help after a man opened fire at a Northern California quarry, with victims breathlessly urging police and ambulances to come quickly. "Please, please," one caller begs. "They're going to die."
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's office on Thursday released the 911 tapes from the Oct. 5 shooting at Lehigh Southwest Cement plant in Cupertino, where authorities say Shareef Allman killed three co-workers and injured six at a pre-dawn safety meeting.
The recordings recount a desperate scene.
"There's blood all over," one caller said, sounding frustrated when the dispatcher tells him to get clean towels to help the wounded. "There's no cloth that's going to stop what's going on right here. Have you ever seen a massacre? That's what it looks like right here in the office."
Another caller said he had been shot in the arms and maybe the leg.
"There's blood coming out everywhere," he said. "But it's not me I'm worried about. It's my supervisor. He got shot in the heart."
The first call came into 911 dispatchers at 4:27 a.m. from the control room at the quarry.
"I got to report a shooting," the man said. "I'm the 911 call for the whole place."
He tells the dispatcher that he received an emergency call from the site of the shooting, a trailer in the back of the quarry.
"A guy just screaming on the phone. There's people shot in the quarry," he said. He doesn't know how many people have been wounded.
The next call is from inside where the shooting took place.
His voice shaking, the man tells the dispatcher they need police and an ambulance.
"Somebody shot everybody," he said. "Please, please. They're going to die."
Emergency officials received four calls from the quarry in 10 minutes ' two from the control room and two from the office where the shooting took place.
During the calls the dispatchers try to amass more information about the scene, as well as learn the identity and location of the shooter.
"What happened was we were having a safety meeting and one guy went postal," a caller says. "He was in the meeting but he just walked out and walked back in with a gun and just went crazy."
One of the callers tells the dispatcher Allman left, and he describes his car.
Authorities say after Allman fled the quarry, he shot a woman at a nearby Hewlett Packard parking lot while trying to steal her car. She survived the attack.
"I saw a lady lying on the ground. One guy was leaning over her," a woman who called 911 says. "I'm afraid."
The woman said the man also shot at her car as she drove by.
The dispatcher tells the woman to go inside, lock the doors and wait for police.
Allman evaded authorities for the next 27 hours. He killed himself when police confronted and shot him the following day as he hid in neighboring Sunnyvale, authorities said.