Nine people have been killed after a public transport worker opened fire on his colleagues at a Northern California train on Wednesday, Umdubuli officials said, taking his life.
Captured calls arrived at 6.34am PT near 100 W. Younger Ave. in the city of San Jose, and receiving a major legal response, says the Sheriff County Santa's Office.
Law enforcement officials responded to the scene of the shooting at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) area on May 26, 2021, in San Jose, California.
The shooter has been identified as Samuel Cassidy, who works for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), legal sources said. He shot himself and killed himself at the scene, officials said.
Nine people were killed, in addition to the shooter, officials said. One person was injured and was listed as in critical condition but died on Wednesday, the Community of Santa Clara said in a statement.
The victims were identified Wednesday by Medical Examiner-Coroner as Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Michael Joseph Rudometkin 40; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; and Lars Kepler Lane, 63. Alex Ward Fritch, 49, is the ninth victim to die Wednesday night.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said Thursday morning that the dead had been found in two buildings, leading investigators to believe Cassidy had "begun construction."
He was carrying two assault rifles and 11 loaded magazines, according to the Sheriff. Investigators looked into whether Cassidy was targeting his co-workers, but they knew "he was acting deliberately, too fast. He knew where the staff would be," Smith said.
The reason is not yet clear. "What in the world would motivate a person to take this kind of action? We don't know yet," Smith said.
Samuel Cassidy has been identified as a shooter who opened fire on his colleagues at a railway station in Northern California.
The morning attack came at a very busy time at the transport center as night workers gathered, and handed over their jobs, to colleagues looking for morning shifts.
Smith said his deputies and San Jose police arrived shortly after the first 911 calls.
"I know for a fact that when the suspect found out the police were there, he committed suicide," Smith said.
"The police chief… San Jose PD police rushed to the building when a gunshot rang out and I know it saved many lives."
Referring to the "active shooter," the deputies told the public at 7:12 a.m. PT to separate from the neighborhood, about 50 miles south of downtown San Francisco.
"This is a terrible day in our city, and a sad day for the VTA family, and our hearts go out to the families and people we work with because we know so many feel the loss of loved ones and friends," said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
Investigators found "many suspicious items" in the VTA, the official's office said in a statement.
A group of bombers, the FBI and the ATF responded at the scene. Smith revealed Thursday that the bomb items - "pre-explosive" - were found when investigators believed it was Cassidy's closet.
Cassidy is believed to be the only shooter involved, according to officials.
"Public safety is guaranteed right now," said Deputy Sheriff Russel Davis.
At about the same time a gunshot rang out in the VTA yard, and San Jose firefighters rushed to a ten-kilometer-long home near the fiery 1100 Angmar Court, officials said. The home belonged to Cassidy, officials said.
Authorities believe there were bullets inside the house and firefighters smelled of speed when they arrived, sources said.
Investigators are working on the belief that Cassidy planted an explosive device at home to start at the same time as the shooting, Smith said on Thursday.
The Younger Avenue address is a small VTA train station, which provides bus, train and road services in the growing area of the Bay Area and a technology hub.
Davis called the shooting incident the "VTA" control center, "which is" a place that holds a lot of VTA trains and a maintenance yard. "
The shooting happened "in the courtyard of a small VTA train but did not take place at the operational control center," said VTA Board Chairman Glenn Hendricks.
Hendricks added that he was proud of the on-going transport workers who continued to transport passengers despite Wednesday's violence.
"A terrible tragedy happened today," Hendricks said. “I could not be more proud of the VTA. While driving here, I saw VTA buses off the road. "
The suspect has been described as a "channel keeper," legal sources said. And civil service records show a VTA employee named Samuel Cassidy, who holds the position, making $ 114,426.17 in 2019 salary, the latest data available.