Multiple People Dead at California VTA Shooting: Deputies
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8 People Killed in Mass Shooting at California Transportation Rail Yard, Deputies Say

Law enforcement response to the shooting at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rail yard on may 26, 2021 on May 26, 2021.

Law enforcement response to the shooting at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rail yard on May 26, 2021.

Multiple people were shot and killed Wednesday at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rail yard in San Jose, California, say local deputies. Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office spokesman Russell Davis initially said there were “multiple victims and multiple causalities,” according to KGO. He noted that the suspect is dead. Some of the injured were identified as being employees of the Valley Transportation Authority. An update later in the day said there were eight people killed.

The victims have not been identified. Authorities initially only said the suspect was a man. In an update, Davis described the individual as an employee of the VTA.

The suspect was named as Samuel Cassidy in an NBC Bay Area report. Authorities were investigating whether a fire at his home Wednesday was set before the shooting. The San Jose Police Department’s bomb squad responded to that scene.

“Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo (D). “The shooter is deceased, and more information will be provided at 9:30am.”

The shooter reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but officials said in their update that the cause of death has yet to be determined.

Update – 3:06 p.m.: We added more information about the shooting.

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