Suspect Described as 'A Man Amongst Men'

NAACP San Jose/Silicon Valley Branch members react to the news and share insight to who Shareef Allman was.

Pastor Jethroe Moore II, President of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Branch of the NAACP, was getting ready in the morning when he read about the online.

"By the time we figured out that it was Shareef, we were in shock," Moore said.

He has known Allman for the last 15 to 20 years and considers the man currently the main suspect in a deadly shooting at the Lehigh Cement Plant as a "stalwart within the community."

Although he did not confirm whether or not Allman's family had been in contact, he did say that "everyone's OK."

Moore II, along with others of the NAACP San Jose/Silicon Valley Branch held a press conference this afternoon at the African American Community Service Agency in San Jose urging Allman to surrender himself to bring the manhunt to a peaceful end.

"We just want to end this," Moore said. "We want to bring it to a peaceful close."

Mark October 05, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Moore calls the shooter "stalwart within the community."?!#@$%$% Time for the NAACP to look for a new President of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Branch. Also time for the author (Mayra Flores de Marcotte) of this to interview people with common sense and better moral judgement. She could have spent here time writing about what a shame it is when good hard working people get killed by misfits of society. I just pulled my donation to the NAACP!
Rae October 06, 2011 at 12:02 AM
Moore was only describing his experience with Shareef Allman. You, Mark, need a reality check. First, the author is giving information on the previous character of Allman. That's what the media does, give all information. Second, there is a such thing as a mental breakdown and even temporary insanity. Don't judge. That is left up to God. I am sure everyone including myself, are concerned about the victims and their families. My prayers go out to them. As a healthcare professional, I look at the whole picture, without judgement.
Tim October 06, 2011 at 01:55 AM
Yes, he was temporarily insane... once the cops find him lets just give him a pass on MURDER because he couldn't comprehend his actions. Yes, lets not judge.... the fact is we judge people for their actions every day. It's called the criminal court system and I hope justice is done and this scum never again sees the light of day!
Frank October 06, 2011 at 04:14 AM
Well put Mark and Tim. I am a contractor and I was working at the site yesterday... this is very sad.
Rae October 06, 2011 at 09:25 PM
I didnt say he wasnt responsible for his actions. I said dont condemn the interviewer and the rep from NAACP. The interviewer was doing her job. I think we need to know information about people who commit these sort of crimes. From all the interviews from those that knew him and worked with him, I have seen only positive feedback. I dont say this to say he deserved a pass on murder. I say this because this goes to prove you never know who may snap. We expect him to have bounced around from job to job, but he was on this one for 15 years. We expect him to have a violent criminal background and a rude character. In this event none of that was the case. There were no red flags. I say we should all learn something from this occurrence that is not obvious. People we least expect can have a mental breakdown and snap. With that said, we should treat everyone as we want to be treated. Watch how we talk to and treat our neighbors, co workers, and classmates. Statistics state that each month there are 6 employee murders each month in the US. Then there's school shootings usually stemmed from bullying. Shouldn't we learn something other than "Yeah, that shooter is the scum of the earth!" The shooters ARE responsible for their actions and how they cope with pressure. At some point we too, as a community must see there is a responsibility in the treatment of others. Teach our children to be respectful, to consider others' feelings, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.


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