Three dead in Santa Clara office Park Shooting
SANTA CLARA - Police are searching for a man who supposedly returned to the office where he was recently made redundant and opened fire, killing three people.
The infer is identified as 47-year-old Jing Wu of Mountain View.
Santa Clara Police Lt. Mike Sellers says the shooting happened just before 4 p.m. Friday at an office complex on Scott Boulevard and Montgomery Drive. The victims are two men and one woman.
Police say the bodies were found in Building 7 of the complex, but they won't release the name of the company that had laid off Wu.
Police are investigating a triple-homicide shooting inside an office building in Santa Clara late this afternoon.
Santa Clara police investigating a triple homicide at an office park in their city said they are looking for a Mountain View man recently fired from that company.
Santa Clara police Lt. Mike Sellers told reporters that investigators are searching for Jing Wu, a 47-year-old man from Mountain View in connection with the shooting.
Sellers said police dispatchers received a 911 call at 3:53 p.m. reporting multiple gunshots in the office park. Police responded rapidly and found the three deceased victims in an office area. After searching the office, police locked down and swept adjacent buildings.
Sellers did not name the company where the shooting happened, but the address released by police is the home of the four-year-old semiconductor company SiPort Inc. A Jing Wu is listed as working at that company in an online business network. The listing showed him as a lead product test engineer.
Calls to his Mountain View address and to SiPort went unanswered. Investigators spent several hours investigating people in the closed office park; by 7 p.m. some of those people were allowed to leave.
Police said Wu had recently been fired from the company, and Sellers said investigators are exploring that as a possible motive in the shooting. No names of victims - two men and a woman - have been released; Sellers told reporters it is believed a handgun was used in the shooting.
Police said Wu might have fled in a silver SUV.
"We heard somebody screaming, shouting around 4 o'clock," said Annie Yang, office manager of Excel Precision, another company in the same office complex. "But after that, we just saw the police running in our area."
Yang said she hadn't heard any words in the screaming or any shots. There are several buildings in the complex, and she was not sure where the incident happened.
"We don't know anything outside. The police just asked us to stay inside," she said, adding that she could hear police helicopters overhead.
Employees at other companies, however, were unaware anything was happening until told by police.
"We were all very surprised that someone was murdered," said Pete Delaney, a software developer for Tensilica, a company near the scene. He said he was in a meeting with fellow employees when the police arrived and told them they were safe, but would need to show their drivers' licenses before being allowed to leave the complex.
Asha Agrawal, wife of SiPort CEO Sid Agrawal, said she hadn't been able to reach her husband and was trying to find out if he was safe.
"My friend is waiting there, but he cannot find out anything," she said.
Reached at home, SiPort spokesman Sunder Velamuri said he could offer no details about the shooting because police were still completing their work.
"This is a huge shock," he said. "We don't know all the details yet."