Eight miles away, officers are searching for the gunman’s house surrounded by flames.
According to Santa Clara County Sheriff Office Deputy Russell Davis, the gunman has died.
Davis said officials are unaware of a motive at this time.
Davis said officers received 911 calls at around 6:34 a.m. PT, stating that bullets were fired near the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Control Center, a hub that would store several light rail trains and a maintenance yard Is, Davis said.
VTA Board President Glenn Hendrix later clarified that the shooting occurred in the rail yard – not the operations control center – at a time when light rail was starting to take place for the day. The yard is where VTA vehicles are maintained and dispatched.
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Davis said the shooting occurred during a shift when employees of the midnight shift and day shift overlapped.
Several law enforcement agencies and fire department personnel responded to the incident using their “active shooter protocol”, Davis said.
Davis said the sniffer dogs had detected possible explosives at the scene and were conducting a search of the building.
The VTA said light rail service would be suspended for the day until noon, as crime scene investigations have limited its ability to provide service. VTA is a public transportation service that operates bus and light rail services in the Santa Clara Valley and employs approximately 2,000 employees.
Who was the gunman?
A source close to the investigation told CNN that the gunman has been identified as Sam Cassidy.
According to Davis, Cassidy was a VTA employee.
Davis said deputies did not exchange bullets with Cassidy, and he is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said, “I know for sure that when the suspect knew law enforcement was there, he took his own life, our representative was there at the time.”
District Attorney Jeff Rosen said several guns were used in the shooting, but he did not specify the type of weapons used in the shooting or the legally obtained weapons. They said they were not considered “ghost guns” to be detectable.
Nelms told the outlet that he often spoke angrily about his co-workers and bosses, and sometimes directed his anger at her.
When the two were married, Cassidy “resented what she saw as an inappropriate work assignment” and “would moan about her job when she got home.”
Who are the victims?
VTA employees ranged in age from 29 to 63 among the victims.
The Santa Clara County Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner identified the victims:
- Paul Delacruz Megia, age 42
- Tapatejdeep Singh, age 36
- Adrian Balleza, age 29
- Jose DeJesus Hernandez III, age 35
- Timothy Michael Romo, age 49
- Michael Joseph Rudometkin, age 40
- Abdolwahab Alghmandan, age 63
- Lars Kepler Lane, age 63
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the condition of one of the injured remains critical.
“It’s clear that the victim and all collaborators knew the shooter well,” Mayor Sam Likardo told CNN’s, Jake Topper.
The victims were working in a light rail maintenance facility. Likardo described the victims as “essential activists” who risked their lives and appeared every day during the epidemic.
Although the names of the victims have not been released, Likardo said he has spoken to three families.
DA Rosen said that authorities are still working to inform the families of the victims, but they hope to have all information completed by the end of the day.
Where was the shooting?
The VTA Rail Yard is located in San Jose, which is in the Bay Area of California. The city is about 52 miles southeast of San Francisco.
According to San Jose Fire spokeswoman Erica Ray, there are several active scenes involving the investigation of the shooting.
Cassidy’s house opened fire about 8 miles from the scene of the shooting, Mayor Likardo told CNN-affiliated KGO. Likardo said no one was found inside.
Liccardo did not specify the exact location, but the San Jose Fire Department’s tweet stated that firefighters responded to a fire at the home in the 1100 block of Angmar Court in San Jose at 6:36 am local time.
Sheriff’s officials said the first 911 calls about the shooting at the VTA facility began at 6:34 am.
The fire department said it took firemen about an hour to extinguish the two-alarm fire, causing extensive damage to the house and leaving the structure uninhabitable.
The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) are assisting the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.
According to Craig Fair, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco division, the FBI is helping with the evidence, response, and recovery. The agency will provide ballistic, technical forensic tools and analysis with additional personnel to help analyze “very large crime scene”, Fair said.
The ATF has brought five sniffing dogs to help in the search for any possible explosives. ATF special agent-in-charge Joshua Jackson said the agency is also providing investigative resources to detect firearms and ballistic evidence in an effort to link them to other firearms offenses. San Jose Shooting
CNN’s John Passantino, Eric Levenson, Stella Chan, Paul P. Murphy, and Cherry Mossberg contributed to this report.
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