Shooting in San Jose railroad yard increases deaths

Shooting in San Jose railroad yard increases deaths”

Authorities did not immediately offer many details or a possible motive for the shooting, which unfolded about 6:30 a.m.

The VTA provides bus, light rail and other transit services throughout Santa Clara County, the largest in the Bay Area and home to Silicon Valley.

Wednesday's incident was the latest of at least nine deadly United States mass shootings that have made national headlines in the past three months, starting with a string of attacks at Atlanta-area day spas in mid-March that claimed eight lives, and a rampage days later that killed 10 at a Colourado supermarket.

Governor Gavin Newsom, appearing with Smith and others in San Jose, voiced exasperation at the frequency and regularity of gun violence in America.

"It begs the damn question, What the hell is going on in the United States of America?" With us. And when will we come to understand this?

A house fire reported minutes after the shooting is also believed to be linked to the suspect, sources told ABC News.

The attacker was identified as 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy, according to two law enforcement officials.

The shooting happened at around 6:45 local time (14:45 GMT). A police bomb squad searched the rail yard and adjacent buildings after an explosive device was found. The victims were found in two buildings on the site.

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The County of Santa Clara medical examiner-coroner's office identified victims late on Wednesday.

"I can confirm with you that deputies did not exchange gunfire and right now we're going to preliminarily go with the assumption that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound from the suspect", Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Russell Davis said during a briefing Wednesday.

Cassidy had worked for Valley Transportation Authority since at least 2012, according to the public payroll and pension database Transparent California, first as a mechanic from 2012 to 2014, then as someone who maintained substations.

His ex-wife, Cecilia Nelms, told the Mercury News on Wednesday that he would rant about his co-workers and bosses and would sometimes lash out at her.

One VTA employee, who asked not to be named, claimed Cassidy had essentially gunned down an entire shift of employees at the transit agency. "When he was in a good mood he was a great guy".

The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they have been sexually assaulted.

In 2009, Cassidy had sought a restraining order against the woman, claiming she had threatened to get him fired from his job and had damaged a vehicle in his driveway.

Court records show the case was resolved in April 2009.

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