911 tapes from quarry shooting: 'People are dying right now"

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  • Police release the 911 tapes this week
  • The tapes give chilling details of the moments when a gunman opened fire on co-workers
  • "We are all shot," a distraught caller tells dispatchers
  • The gunman killed three people and fatally shot himself on October 5
Anguished victims bombarded police dispatchers with frantic calls and pleas for help after a gunman opened fire on his co-workers at a Northern California quarry this month.
"People are dying right now!" a caller says in 911 tapes released this week by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office.
The tapes detail the chilling moments on October 5 after the gunman, identified by authorities as Shareef Allman took aim at employees at Lehigh Southwest Cement plant in Cupertino before killing himself.
Two people died at the scene and a third was pronounced dead later at a hospital. Six others were wounded.
One of the first calls to the emergency dispatch center came from a supervisor at the cement plant frantically tying to relay information from trapped workers.
The supervisor can be heard trying to communicate with workers in the area.
Another desperate caller told dispatchers he went for a cup of coffee and returned to a shooting scene. He went on to identify the gunman for authorities.
"We are all shot," a distraught caller told operators. When asked where he was shot, he replied "in my arm and my leg."
Dispatchers flooded with calls for help also tried to give first aid instructions, with one telling a caller to get a clean towel and apply it to the wound of someone next to him.
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The shooting took place during a morning safety meeting at the quarry, according to callers, who said "(the gunman) walked out and walked back in with a gun and went crazy."
Another frustrated caller told a dispatcher, "Have you ever seen a massacre? That's what it looks like right here."
Allman got away from the scene and went on a crime rampage, shooting a woman during a carjacking attempt a few hours later, authorities said. He was eventually cornered in a nearby neighborhood.
The recordings were redacted to protect the names of the people who called and their telephone numbers.
Allman was a community television host who regularly preached about nonviolence.