Sam Cassidy has been identified as the shooter at the San Jose VTA light rail yard who killed eight people before killing himself.
Law enforcement officials identified 57-year-old Sam Cassidy as the alleged shooter at a location in San Jose, California, where nine people perished.
Local officials confirmed Cassidy as the gunman who opened fire at the Valley Transit Authority (VTA) light rail yard shortly after 6:30 a.m. local time, according to the Associated Press. According to investigators, Cassidy murdered eight individuals at the VTA headquarters before killing himself.
According to the Associated Press, law enforcement officials were unable to provide a reason for the shooting right away.
Russell Davis, a public information officer for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that there were nine total fatalities — eight victims and the shooter — prior to the disclosure of the suspected shooter’s identification.
Officials have yet to establish the identities of those who died or the number of people who were injured in the shooting. Davis also added that the sheriff’s office activated their bomb squad to investigate the site after receiving information that there were explosive devices at the VTA facility where the incident occurred.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office made the declaration just hours after first reporting an active shooter investigation at the VTA Light Rail Yard.
“Deputies are now on location in the neighborhood of 100 W. Younger Ave. SJ. for an active shooter investigation. Please do not enter the area. More information will be released later,” the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office tweeted at 7:12 a.m. local time.
Davis said police received numerous 911 calls about 6:34 a.m. local time of “several rounds fired” in the area near 101 W Younger Ave. during a press conference on Wednesday.
The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office tweeted about 8 a.m. local time that the accused shooter had been taken down. At a press conference later that day, Davis revealed that the accused shooter had died at the site.
“We’re so sorry that this event happened,” VTA Chairman Glenn Hendricks said during a press conference.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said, “Our heart pains for the families and the co-workers…
Now is a moment for us to collect ourselves, to understand what happened, to mourn and to help those who have suffered, to heal. That will be my intention today and for the foreseeable future.”
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