Police say at least eight people have been killed at a rail yard in California after a gunman opened fire during a union meeting. Eight people have been shot and killed at a rail yard in San Jose, California, in a deadly week of gun violence in the US. During a press conference, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy Russell Davis said that the shooting took place a little before 7am PT (12am AEDT) at a light rail yard run by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) near the city’s main airport. He confirmed that the shooter, identified as 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy, was dead and that the public was no longer at risk.
Cassidy was a maintenance worker for VTA, police said.
His father, 88-year-old James Cassidy, told The Daily Beast that his son “seemed completely himself” in the days leading up to the shooting. “He didn’t talk about his job or politics. I just found out he was dead and his house on fire and all that a minute ago,” he said. “It’s really…. I really, really don’t want to… I guess I have to just kind of absorb it all myself. I don’t really have any information anyway, so… sorry.”
His ex-wife told KTVU that the pair divorced in 2009 after 10 years of marriage.
However, she said she has not been in contact with him for the last decade.
CBS reported at least eight people were shot dead by the gunman.
Police rushed to the light rail maintenance and dispatch yard in San Jose — a Silicon Valley tech hub of almost a million people — after receiving reports of an “active shooter”.
KTVU reported that the shooting happened at a union meeting.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Cassidy set his house on fire and then drove to the San Jose rail yard where he killed at least eight people before turning the gun on himself. The paper reported that the shooting was over a workplace issue.
- Police refused to comment on how Cassidy was killed or about the type of weapon used.
- It was not known immediately if the shooting happened inside or outside, Mr. Davis said.
- Several people were receiving medical treatment, said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
- “Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting,” he tweeted.
- Later at a press conference, Mr Liccardo choked up as he called the massacre “a horrific day for our city” and he vowed to do “everything possible to ensure this never happens again.”
- It comes after a deadly weekend of mass shootings across 10 states in America, which left at least 13 dead and 78 people injured.