SAN FRANCISCO — United Parcel Service employees on Thursday visited a growing memorial at a San Francisco packing facility to pray and sign a poster honoring three longtime colleagues who were shot and killed a day earlier by a co-worker.
They described the atmosphere as downcast as they went back to work.
Isaiah Miggins, a UPS loader on the overnight shift, said it was hard to finish his shift.
“Everybody was down,” Miggins said, adding that UPS is like the U.S. Post Office: “We gotta get those packages out.”
UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg said the company has marshaled additional drivers, loaders and management from other facilities to help with the backlog. Grief counselors were also at the facility.
San Francisco police had a priest on site Wednesday.
Investigators were trying to determine what prompted Jimmy Lam to open fire during a Wednesday meeting with co-workers.
Lam, 38, a UPS driver, filed a grievance in March claiming he was working excessive overtime. It seems he specifically went after the three drivers he killed before fatally shooting himself, said Joseph Cilia, an official with a Teamsters Union local that represents UPS workers in San Francisco.
Cilia said witnesses told him that Lam walked up to driver Benson Louie and shot him during the meeting. As his co-workers frantically fled the room, he shot Wayne Chan in the back and then walked up and “finished him,” Cilia said, citing witnesses.
Victim Mike Lefiti was fleeing from the building when Lam went to a street and shot him, he said.
“It’s senseless. I can’t think of anything. Why him? Why them?” Cilia asked.
Police had few details on Lam. UPS CEO…
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