Wednesday, May 26, 2021

San Jose Shooter Samuel Cassidy, A 57 Year-Old Maintenance Worker Murdered Eight Co-Workers And Commited Suicide


PICTURED: Employee who shot eight dead during union meeting at light rail yard in San Jose before killing himself: Cops find explosive devices in the building and suspect's own home on fire 

At least nine people are dead and others injured following a mass shooting at a California light rail yard, the county's sheriff's office said Wednesday. The gunman - identified as Samuel Cassidy - opened fire a little before 7am local time at the yard run by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority near the city's main airport. The eight victims were Valley Transportation Authority employees. Authorities did not release their names. Cassidy, 57, also died in the shooting. Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said it was 'undetermined' how the maintenance worker at the site died but local reports suggest he turned the gun on himself. He is also understood to have set fire to his own home before carrying out the rampage. Multiple weapons and ammunition are said to have been found there. Sheriff spokesman Deputy Russell Davis said a bomb squad was searching the yard after 'at least one' explosive device was found. One employee's mother told KTVU that the shooting occurred during a meeting of union members. VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress said the building where the shooting took place required security access, adding: 'We ask for people's prayers.' Seven victims died at the scene. Two patients were transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, according to spokesperson Joy Alexiou. One person was pronounced dead upon arrival, and the other was in critical condition. Source

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