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Three men shot dead by co-worker in San Francisco identified

A union official says the gunman had filed a grievance complaining that he was working excessive overtime.

ups Eric Risberg / AP/Press Association Images UPS workers gather outside the warehouse yesterday Eric Risberg / AP/Press Association Images / AP/Press Association Images

OFFICIALS HAVE IDENTIFIED the three men killed after a UPS driver opened fire during a meeting at a company warehouse in San Francisco.

San Francisco’s chief medical examiner identified the victims as 50-year-old Benson Louie and 56-year-old Wayne Chan, both of San Francisco; and 46-year-old Michael Lefiti, of Hercules.

Police say the three UPS drivers were killed by 38-year-old Jimmy Lam, who fatally shot himself in the head in front of officers.

A motive in the killings has not been determined.

A union official says the gunman had filed a grievance complaining that he was working excessive overtime.

San Francisco Shooting Eric Risberg / AP Emergency vehicles and police outside the warehouse yesterday Eric Risberg / AP / AP

Joseph Cilia, an official with a local Teamsters Union, says Lam’s grievance filed in March requested that UPS relieve him of working overtime going forward.

Still, Cilia says Lam wasn’t angry, and he could not understand why he would open fire on his colleagues at the meeting yesterday.

Cilia says two other drivers who were wounded have been released from hospital.

Lefiti’s cousin, Bob Toia, told the San Francisco Chronicle Lefiti was devoted to his wife and children. Isaiah Miggins, a co-worker at UPS, said Lefiti was a big man, but humble and always happy.

People have set up a memorial with flowers and balloons at a local supermarket near the UPS warehouse.

‘Frightful scene’

Authorities say they’re interviewing the families of victims and witnesses to piece together the sequence of events.

Toney Chaplin Eric Risberg / AP San Francisco Assistant Chief of Police Toney Chaplin Eric Risberg / AP / AP

Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin told reporters authorities found two victims outside and others inside, calling it a “frightful scene”.

He says officers didn’t fire at the gunman, but that he shot himself when they confronted him.

Chaplin says police won’t know more information about weapon until they test-fire it.

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