Residents Allowed to Return Home As Search is Shifted

Search for Shareef Allman continues, but law enforcement is pulling back from Sunnyvale neighborhood and allowing residents to return home.

Sunnyvale city officials said that although a manhunt for continues, law enforcement officials have reopened Homestead Road and residents are free to return to their homes.

"We are breaking down the perimeter at this point," a desk officer at the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said. He said the is ending, although a wider area search is being pursued.

City officials announced at around 5:30 p.m. that an American Red Cross shelter had been set up at a senior center for residents who could not return to their homes due to a perimeter that had been set up during the search, city spokesman John Pilger said.

Investigators have knocked down the perimeter, although no one has been taken into custody and the search for Allman continues, he said.

A Mercury sedan associated with Allman was found at an Arco gas station at the intersection of Wolfe and Homestead roads, the last place he has been seen today, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said.

Schools near the scenes of the two shootings were locked down today and residents in the area were notified by the county's AlertSCC telephone system, Smith said.

Pilger said he expects that it will be "business as usual" for area schools on Thursday.

Employees at Apple, which has its headquarters in Cupertino, were also told to stay inside their offices during the manhunt, an employee said. The same was true for employees at Seagate Technology, also in Cupertino.

--Bay City News and Patch reports

Tim October 06, 2011 at 03:29 AM
So he's likely gotten out of the perimeter then.... have they completed Infrared sweeps of the "empty" homes where the police haven't been able to physically search?


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