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Law Enforcement Going Door-to-Door, Searching Backyards for Shooting Suspect

Armed officers and dogs scouring Sunnyvale neighborhood near Cupertino border for suspect, Shareef Allman, 47.

As an armored tank patrols streets, armed officers and dogs are going door-to-door in a Sunnyvale neighborhood near Wolfe and Homestead roads searching for the suspect in this morning's shootings at Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant in Cupertino.

A large contingent of regional law enforcement including the U.S. Marshals and the FBI, are a part of the manhunt for Shareef Allman, 47, who Santa Clara County Sheriff's Deputies believe shot and killed three people at the cement plant, wounded six more, and then later shot and attempted to carjack a woman near Homestead Road and Tantau Avenue.

Tonight officers are knocking on doors near the intersection of Inverness Way and Nuthatch Lane and entering backyards with weapons drawn. If people are at home, the officers are entering houses to search.

Allman is believed to have escaped on foot after the attempted carjacking and shooting of a woman. Her injuries are not life threatening, Sheriff Laurie Smith told reporters earlier today.

A massive manhunt along the borders of Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara followed and continues tonight.

Smith said Allman is believed to be armed and dangerous. He is described as black, 5'11", 215 pounds, with a light beard.

She said they believe a hand gun and assault rifle were used in the attacks; officers later recovered some weapons in the area near the carjacking. Deputies confirmed he has weapons registered in his name.

Anyone with noticing suspicious activity in the area is encouraged to call 911. Citizens with any information about Allman should contact the Sheriff's non-emergency line at (408) 808-4500.

For residents who cannot return home due to the search a Red Cross shelter is now open at the Sunnyvale Senior Center from 6 pm for Sunnyvale and Cupertino residents. The address of Sunnyvale Senior Center is 550 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale; phone number is (408) 730-7360.

--Jennifer van der Kleut reporting from the field.

Jennifer van der Kleut October 06, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Carrie - our reporter Pam Marino is attempting to call the Sunnyvale Police public information officer to check on the situation and find out if the area is clear. We will update as soon as possible.
Carrie October 06, 2011 at 02:45 AM
are you a reporter or resident? My scanner was down for a few minutes, which was odd. I am thinking this must be over. I will watch to see what you learn, thank you so much :o)
Jennifer van der Kleut October 06, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Carrie - I am both! :) Stay tuned to Patch!
Jay October 06, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Wolfe is no longer blocked at Inverness nor at Homestead. Tons of police were driving away from the HP command post. No lights flashing. Normal speed.
Carrie October 06, 2011 at 02:57 AM
hum maybe we will hear something on the 8:00 p.m. news. I hope he turned himself in and it ended without anyone else being hurt.

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