Feeds

Three SiPort Inc bosses slain in gun rampage

Ex-employee Jing Hua Wu arrested on suspicion of triple murder

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

A 47-year-old product test engineer was arrested yesterday on suspicion of fatally shooting three of his colleagues after being laid off from his post at Santa Clara-based SiPort Inc.

Jing Hua Wu, a married father of six-year-old twin sons and another boy under three, faces three counts of murder, police told the Associated Press.

Wu, known as “Jerry” to his friends, was described as “a smart, unassuming family man”. He lost his job at SiPort, which is a Silicon Valley fabless semiconductor company, last Friday morning.

According to Santa Clara police chief Stephen Lodge, he returned hours later to request a meeting with company officials. Witnesses said Wu gave no indication that he was upset when he arrived at the office park, according to the AP.

"It was during this meeting that Jing Wu took out a 9mm handgun and shot and killed all three officials," said Lodge.

The shots killed 56-year-old Sid Agrawal, SiPort's CEO, Brian Pugh, 47, vice president of operations, and Marilyn Lewis, 67, head of human resources.

Wu was unarmed when officers arrested him, and the police are still looking for the gun used in the carnage. Neighbours who knew Wu and his family said they were struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.

"It's shocking and emotionally jarring," said Jim Pollart, 47, a neighbor who met Wu and his wife, known as “Jane”, when the couple moved into the area over a decade ago.

"Who knows what happened to cause him to do such a horrible thing. It's unbelievable." Pollart said.

"This is a truly tragic event. These people are innocent victims just trying to do their jobs," said Santa Clara police lieutenant Mike Sellers. "To get him into custody within hours of the event was very, very important to our department."

Siport was incorporated in 2004 and received its first round of venture capital funding in 2005. It develops silicon products for customers that include leading OEMs selling MP3, cell phones and other portable media players. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network
Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA
Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU
And hey - no need to tell the website you've de-listed. That'll make it easier ...
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.