At least 4 killed in San Francisco UPS facility shooting - TV news

SAN FRANCISCO, June 14 (Reuters) - A man dressed in a UPS uniform and armed with an "assault pistol" opened fire at a United Parcel Service Inc package sorting hub in San Francisco, killing three people before fatally shooting himself in the head, police said.

The shooter and the victims were all drivers, said Steve Gaut, head of investor relations at UPS. The man opened fire while the workers were gathered for their daily morning meeting before going out on their routes, he added.

Two other people were shot and have been taken to an area hospital, San Francisco police said. Police have not identified the gunman or the victims.

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SAN FRANCISCO, USA - JUNE 14: Police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting at a UPS facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO , USA - JUNE 14 : SFPD Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin briefs members of the press regarding a shooting at a UPS packing facility in San Francisco, USA on June 14, 2017. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A police officer reacts at the scene where a gunman shot and killed multiple people including himself at a UPS facility in San Francisco, California on June 14, 2017. Several people were shot on Wednesday at a San Francisco warehouse and customer service facility operated by global parcel delivery service UPS, authorities and the company said. UPS spokeswoman Natalie Godwin told AFP the incident involved four workers at the sprawling facility, which employs 850 people. / AFP PHOTO / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, USA - JUNE 14: Police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting at a UPS facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, USA - JUNE 14: San Francisco Sheriffs stand guard at the scene of a shooting at a UPS facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, USA - JUNE 14: Police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting at a UPS facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 14: Members of the press stand behind police tape at the scene of a shooting at a company facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. A gunman opened fire on employees at the facility, killing at least 2 and injuring several others. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 14: UPS workers are escorted by San Francisco police at the scene of a shooting at a company facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. A gunman opened fire on employees at the facility, killing at least 2 and injuring several others. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 14: A San Francisco police officer stands guard at the scene of a shooting at a company facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. A gunman opened fire on employees at the facility, killing at least 2 and injuring several others. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 14: A San Francisco police officer stands guard at the scene of a shooting at a UPS facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. A gunman opened fire on employess at a UPS facility, killing at least 2 and injuring several others. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 14: A San Francisco sheriff deputy stands guard at the scene of a shooting at a UPS facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. A gunman opened fire on employess at a UPS facility, killing at least 2 and injuring several others. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 14: A San Francisco police officer looks into a garage at the scene of a shooting at a company facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. A gunman opened fire on employees at the facility, killing at least 2 and injuring several others. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 14: UPS workers are escorted by San Francisco police at the scene of a shooting at a UPS facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. A gunman opened fire on employess at a UPS facility, killing at least 2 and injuring several others. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 14: A San Francisco police officer stands guard at the scene of a shooting at a company facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. A gunman opened fire on employees at the facility, killing at least 2 and injuring several others. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 14: A San Francisco police officer stands guard at the scene of a shooting at a UPS facility on June 14, 2017 in San Francisco, California. A gunman opened fire on employess at a UPS facility, killing at least 2 and injuring several others. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The incident was not terrorism related but the motive is not known, Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin told a news conference. Police recovered two firearms from the UPS facility, which employs 350 people.

"We are always saddened by the loss of life to gun violence. Any shooting is one shooting too many," San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said on Twitter.

Gaut said the facility's employees have been released from work and he believes most have left the building. The company is providing trauma and grief counseling.

Video showed a massive police presence near the facility, with workers being led out and embracing each other on the sidewalk outside.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those touched by this incident," UPS said in a statement.

Victims were taken to the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, spokesman Brent Andrew said. He said he could not say how many patients were taken to the hospital or give their conditions.

In 2014, a man shot and killed two of his supervisors before turning the gun on himself at a UPS distribution center in Birmingham, Alabama. The gunman had recently been fired from the facility.

The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred in June 2016 when a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State militant group killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The United States has among the most permissive gun rights of any developed country, with the right to "keep and bear arms" enshrined in the Constitution's Second Amendment. Gun control efforts failed after mass shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 and the nightclub shooting in Orlando.

The incident in San Francisco came hours after a gunman wielding a rifle opened fire on Republican U.S. lawmakers practicing near Washington for a charity baseball game, wounding senior Republican leader Steve Scalise and several others before being fatally shot by police.

(Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, Patrick Enright in Seattle and Nick Carey in Detroit; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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