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Four dead after shooting at UPS warehouse in San Francisco

A shooting at a UPS warehouse in San Francisco has left four people dead, including the shooter.

San Francisco police Sergeant Toney Chaplin said at a news conference that two others were wounded.

He said the shooter shot himself, and police have not determined a motive.

The shooting prompted a massive police response.

Mr Chaplin said that the shooter was armed with an assault pistol and put the weapon to his head and pulled the trigger when police found him.

UPS spokesman Steve Gaut told The Associated Press that the shooter was an employee who opened fire inside the facility before the drivers were sent out to do their normal daily deliveries.

Neighbours said they heard up to eight rapid gunshots.

"It was like tat, tat, tat, tat, tat, tat, tat," said Raymond Deng, who lives across the street from the warehouse.

After the gunfire, car shop owner Robert Kim said he saw "a mob of UPS drivers" running down the street screaming "shooter, shooter".

Mr Deng, 30, a data scientist for a start-up company, also saw workers fleeing and another group of about 10 who gathered on the roof and held their hands up as police arrived.

"I saw police officers go up from the ramp and then storm the buildings," he said. "It's crazy."

Police responding to the facility in the Potrero Hill neighbourhood, about 2.5 miles from San Francisco's city centre, found wounded victims and pulled them to safety.

Then they found the gunman, who killed himself.

Investigators recovered two firearms from the scene.

Uniformed UPS employees were later led out in a line by officers next to a highway.

They walked away calmly with emergency vehicles nearby and gathered nearby outside a restaurant.

It came the same day a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice, wounding Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others.

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