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Cupertino quarry shooter killed himself, autopsy reveals

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Authorities say Shareef Allman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (AP file photo)
Authorities say Shareef Allman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (AP file photo)
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The Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office announced today that Shareef Allman, the man responsible for the deadly shooting rampage at a Cupertino cement plant last week, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Santa Clara County sheriff’s office initially reported that three deputies had shot and killed Allman, a 49-year-old disgruntled truck driver who shot nine people at the plant, killing three.

Allman died in a Sunnyvale neighborhood during a confrontation with deputies during a massive manhunt.

Capt. Kevin Jensen, an administrative coroner at the medical examiner’s office, said Allman had other wounds but that the lethal wound was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

At about 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Allman opened fire on about 15 of his fellow employees at a meeting at the Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant at 24001 Stevens Creek Blvd.

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Killed were John Robert Vallejos, 51, and Mark Munoz, 59, both of San Jose, and Manuel Guadalupe Pinon, 48, of Newman.

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

A manhunt ensued, during which Allman was found the following morning crouched behind a car parked on Lorne Way in Sunnyvale.

Three deputies approached Allman and attempted to confront him, but when they saw that he had a handgun, all three deputies fired at him, Sheriff Laurie Smith said.

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