Former Employee Kills Three at Start-up
A man who was laid off from a Santa Clara start-up Friday opened-fire inside the offices of his former employer, SiPort, a digital radio semiconductor developer located on Scott Boulevard.
Jing Hua Wu, a former employee at SiPort Inc, was laid off on Friday morning. Wu, a product engineer and father to twin 6 year old boys and a 3 year old son, allegedly reentered the building at around 4 p.m. local time and requested a meeting to discuss his future following his departure from the company.
“He requested a meeting with several company officials,” said Santa Clara police chief Stephen Lodge. "He must not have been acting too strangely for them to accept the meeting," Lodge said. “It was during this meeting that Jing Wu took out a 9mm handgun and shot and killed all three officials.”
Sid Agrawal, SiPort’s Chief Executive Office, Brian Pugh, vice president of operations a the company and Marilyn Lewis, head of human resources at SiPort were all pronounced dead at the scene.
Following the shootings, Mr. Wu fled the scene and drove off in a silver SUV. He remained at large on Friday night and was arrested on Saturday at a Mountain View Intersection. According to the Associated Press, detectives received a tip about Wu’s whereabouts on Saturday and were waiting for him as he exited his SUV near a shop.
Authorities say there was no gun found in Wu’s vehicle at the time of the arrest (10:45 a.m.) and he was not armed.