Everything was set for an bizarre day in a suburban nook of southeastern San Jose on Wednesday. Doug Suh had an early golf sport scheduled. Andy and Alice Abad have been getting ready for a morning physician’s appointment. And Anthony Nguyen was, as at all times, set for his every day 9:30 a.m. church service.
But by early afternoon, every resident of the Evergreen neighborhood found in their very own manner that one thing had gone very mistaken.
Early on Wednesday, Abad watched from his kitchen as a funnel of smoke and flames poured from a residence one block away. Suh bought a name from a pal on the golf course about a man who had killed eight staff on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rail yard. (It would later become nine.) And Nguyen bought a comparable name from a pal however with a extra disturbing element: “The man who did it was your neighbor,” Nguyen’s pal informed him.
By midday, their neighborhood was swarming with a number of hearth and police autos, federal brokers and a boxy blue truck from the San Jose bomb squad. Men with gasoline masks and oxygen tanks stood amid the flashing lights in the cul-de-sacs of what all of them described as a quiet suburban neighborhood that’s residence largely to Vietnamese and Filipino immigrants.
Investigators on Thursday morning have been nonetheless piecing collectively the havoc unleashed the day earlier than.
The suspect in the taking pictures, Samuel James Cassidy, 57, a upkeep employee who had been with the V.T.A. for a minimum of a decade, lived in a one-story residence with white trim and a patchy garden in the Evergreen neighborhood.
Officials mentioned Wednesday that they believed Cassidy was answerable for each setting his residence on hearth and then continuing to shoot his colleagues at his workplace, the railway yard eight miles from the place he lived.
Light rail service was shut down. Bomb squads looked for explosives in the world close to downtown San Jose. The authorities mentioned they believed the gunman had killed himself. His motive remained unclear.
The medical expert’s workplace in Santa Clara County recognized the victims on Wednesday evening as Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; and Lars Kepler Lane, 63. A ninth sufferer, Alex Ward Fritch, 49, died on the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Suh, who lives throughout the road from Cassidy, scanned by means of his safety digicam footage when he returned residence from his golf sport. The digicam captured Cassidy at 5:40 a.m. loading his white pickup truck with a black bag. He was carrying a uniform with reflective stripes.
Suh mentioned the few occasions he had conversations with Cassidy over the previous few years, he was at all times cautious of him. He mentioned he had a brief mood.
“I was afraid of him,” Suh mentioned. “My wife was scared of him, too.”
But nothing ready him and his neighbors for the dimensions of the violence that ravaged town on Wednesday.
Nguyen, a retired actual property dealer who has lived in San Jose for the previous 4 many years, mentioned he was baffled by what had occurred.
“Everything has been very perfect,” he mentioned of his neighborhood. “People are nice and quiet here.”
When he noticed flashing lights on the nook of his road on Wednesday, he assumed there had been a visitors accident. Then his pal referred to as with the information concerning the taking pictures.
“What about all these families that lost sons and fathers?” Nguyen requested in his driveway. “I’m so sorry for them. It’s not right. All these broken hearts.”
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