Eight people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a light rail facility on Wednesday in San Jose, California, according to police. The suspected gunman, an employee at the facility, is also dead, according to officials.
The shooting occurred during a union meeting at a California light rail yard around 6.30am local time. Santa Clara Sheriff’s deputy Russell Davis was initially short on details about the shooting, telling reporters that there were “multiple fatalities” and “multiple injuries”.
Mr Davis confirmed the shooter was no longer a threat but did not specify a cause of death for the suspect, though reports are that he took his own life. He has since been named by local media, but officials are declining to officially identify him.
A nearby house fire that occurred at approximately the same time is being investigated, the FBI is on-site, and the bomb squad has been activated at both locations.
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is in charge of the maintenance facility, which services rail, bus, and shuttle transportation. Rail service was suspended at noon local time.
Report: Eight fatalities
Law enforcement sources have told The LA Times there were eight fatalities.
The suspect is said to be a 50-year-old male, who set his own house on fire, then drove to the Valley Transportation Authority union meeting and began shooting, the sources said. He then killed himself.
Multiple weapons and ammunition were reportedly found inside his home.
Law enforcement sources say that early indications are that the shooting was related to a workplace issue.
California rep Ro Khanna decries continuing US gun violence
California congressman Ro Khanna, who represents the district where the shooting occurred, tells CNN’s Ana Cabrera: “I’ve been in congress for almost 5 years and we haven’t passed a single thing on gun violence. We need to do something in this country, or we face these kinds of incidents again and again. ”
Officials confirm suspect is VTA employee
Multiple reports have identified the alleged suspect as a VTA employee. This was confirmed by officials.
He shot himself after killing eight others.
The bomb squad is now at the VTA building following up on reports of explosive devices inside.
FBI: Sizable crime scene
The FBI is on the scene of the San Jose VTA shooting where eight died in addition to the gunman.
“This is a sizable crime scene and this will take a while to process.”
Bomb squad at site of house fire
Two bomb squad techs have entered the South San Jose home of the suspected VTA shooter to make sure no explosive devices are inside, according to reports.
The home burned this morning in a suspicious fire.
A gas can and hundreds of rounds of ammo found were reportedly found inside.
VTA shooting - What we know so far
Justin Vallejo has the latest on this morning’s shooting in San Jose.
Nine people employees of the Valley Transportation Authority are dead, including the gunman
Senator Padilla following developments
California Senator Alex Padilla tweets: “My team and I are continuing to monitor this tragic news. My thoughts are with the entire San Jose community on this dark morning.”
Alleged gunman named by local media
Multiple local media sources report that the alleged gunman is VTA employee Sam Cassidy, a technician at the VTA rail yard.
The home at which this morning’s house fire took place is in his name. KTVU spoke with his ex-wife and she confirmed that they had lived there.
One employee at the VTA told his mother that he thought Mr Cassidy was “strange”.
Samuel Cassidy: Suspect identified in San Jose mass shooting
Police have identified railway technician Samuel James Cassidy, 57, as the suspect in a San Jose, California, mass shooting that left 9 people dead, including the gunman, at a light rail facility on Wednesday morning.
Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy Cian Jackson told The Independent they would not be releasing a name until the coroner’s office had informed the next of kin.
Josh Marcus reports for The Independent from San Francisco.
The shooter killed 8 people
Biden briefed by Homeland Security Advisor
Per the White House pool report:
“The President has been briefed on the mass shooting and the tragic loss of life in San Jose by his Homeland Security Advisor, Liz Sherwood-Randall. The White House continues to monitor the situation and remains in close contact with local officials to offer any assistance as needed.”
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