The gunman had two handguns and 11 full magazines of ammunition, the police said.


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The authorities mentioned on Thursday that they have been nonetheless searching for a motive for a gunman who shot and killed 9 co-workers at a rail yard in San Jose a day earlier as his home erupted in flames miles away.

Sheriff Laurie Smith of Santa Clara County advised reporters that the gunman, recognized by legislation enforcement authorities as Samuel James Cassidy, 57, had two semiautomatic handguns with him and 11 full magazines. Sheriff Smith mentioned that primarily based on pictures of the weapons and ammunition, they gave the impression to be authorized to purchase in California, although she didn’t say whether or not Mr. Cassidy had bought them legally.

The sheriff mentioned the gunman had been “very deliberate” in killing his colleagues at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority close to downtown San Jose, and that he had killed himself as deputies rushed into the rail yard from their headquarters subsequent door.

Sheriff Smith mentioned on NBC’s “Today” present that the hearth at Mr. Cassidy’s home eight miles from the capturing scene was first reported three minutes after somebody had referred to as 911 to report gunfire at the rail yard, suggesting that he could have set off “some kind of device” to start out the blaze as he opened hearth. She mentioned investigators had discovered “explosive materials” at the suspect’s residence and gadgets in his locker at the transportation authority that could possibly be a “precursor” to explosives.

The 9 victims of the capturing have been recognized by the Santa Clara County health worker’s workplace as Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Alex Ward Fritch, 49; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; and Lars Kepler Lane, 63.

Mr. Fritch died late Wednesday after being taken to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in essential situation. The others died at the scene or earlier than reaching the hospital.

Sheriff Smith mentioned it was unclear how the gunman selected his victims. “We don’t know why some and why not others yet,” she mentioned.

The transportation authority oversees bus, rail and paratransit service for commuters in Silicon Valley.

“We get up every morning safe in the belief that when we go to work, we will come home to our family and our loved ones,” mentioned Evelynn Tran, the company’s appearing normal supervisor. “That did not happen.”

Ms. Tran mentioned that on Wednesday, she had seen households obtain information that their family members have been amongst the useless. “I saw the immense pain in the faces of the families and I heard their cries,” she mentioned, including, “It was utterly heartbreaking.”

Glenn Hendricks, the chairman of the transportation authority’s board, mentioned its employees have been close-knit, with bonds that had been strengthened throughout the pandemic, when many had risked their well being to maintain the public transportation system working.

“All the families are in pain,” Mr. Hendricks mentioned at an authority information convention on Thursday to honor the victims, his voice shaking.

Mr. Cassidy had been a upkeep employee.

In current months, the United States has been disoriented by assaults at spas in the Atlanta area, a bloodbath at a Boulder, Colo., supermarket and a capturing at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis. The capturing in San Jose, America’s 10th-largest metropolis and the coronary heart of Silicon Valley, was one other blow.

Mayor Sam Liccardo referred to as it “a horrific day” and vowed to “do everything possible to make sure this never happens again.”

Sarabjit Singh, second from right, mourns for his son Taptejdeep Singh, a victim in the shooting on Wednesday.
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The names of the nine victims in the San Jose capturing at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rail yard have been launched. Here is what we find out about some of their lives.

Credit…Heather Balleza

Adrian Balleza was described by his spouse, Heather Balleza, as a humble and caring particular person who was beloved by many individuals. Now, she wrote over a messaging platform on Thursday morning, his household and mates are heartbroken. Mr. Balleza’s 2-year-old son must spend his years and not using a father. “It still doesn’t feel real,” she wrote.

Mr. Balleza began working at the V.T.A. in 2014 as a bus operator trainee, later turning into a upkeep employee and mild rail operator, the authority mentioned.

Mr. Balleza couldn’t wait till his son was sufficiently old for them to go fishing collectively, Ms. Balleza mentioned. She was grief-stricken that her husband wouldn’t have the ability to watch his son develop up. And her personal world is not complete, she mentioned.

“The world needs more people like my husband, not one less,” she mentioned. “He was my night and day. The best father and husband … my forever angel.”

Ed Lane expressed anguish on Wednesday evening over the loss of life of his brother Lars Lane, who labored as a journeyman lineman for the V.T.A., in response to his LinkedIn profile.

“My brother was murdered today,” Mr. Lane mentioned in an electronic mail. “Not by a gun but by a man that could have been helped.”

Mr. Lane spent a lot of the day ready to seek out out if his brother, who native media retailers reported was a husband and a father, was amongst the victims. He sharply criticized the means the notification course of was dealt with, along with the renewed name for harder gun management legal guidelines in the aftermath of one other mass capturing.

“I’m tired of the gun control propaganda,” he mentioned. “Politicians and law enforcement patting themselves on the back leaving my family in the dark for 12 hours. The family assistance was absolutely a front of incompetence.”

Paul Delacruz Megia immigrated to the United States from the Philippines when he was a toddler, in response to his father, Leonard Megia. He had two sons, a daughter, and a stepson, and he beloved them deeply, his father mentioned.

They appreciated to take a ship out and go wakeboarding throughout the summer season, his father mentioned, and in the winter, snowboarding was their favourite exercise.

Mr. Megia had deliberate a visit to Disneyland together with his youngsters. They have been scheduled to depart on Thursday.

Credit…Leonard Megia

“He was a wonderful dad,” his father mentioned. “He’s my son and my best friend.”

Mr. Megia and his father lived in the similar residence collectively close to Tracy, Calif., alongside together with his three youngsters. The father and son have been very shut — they loved fishing and spending time in the snow collectively throughout the winter. Mr. Megia was all the time smiling, his father mentioned, and continuously had a constructive demeanor.

The V.T.A. mentioned that Mr. Megia had been employed there for 20 years, working his means up from bus operator trainee to superintendent-service administration. Mr. Megia left residence each morning at 4:30 a.m. to get to work on time, however made positive to name his youngsters each single morning to test in on them earlier than they began faculty.

“He’s a very loving dad who cared a lot about his children,” his father mentioned. “They’re going to miss him.”

Taptejdeep Singh, a lightweight rail operator for the V.T.A., was remembered by a cousin as the nicest individual in his household and a gregarious man who loved enjoying volleyball.

“We are very sad right now,” mentioned the cousin, Bagga Singh, who was one of greater than a dozen relations ready all day to study what had occurred to their relative. Shortly after 6 p.m., they bought the unhealthy information. Several relations broke down sobbing at a Red Cross facility and have been escorted away.

The loss of life of Mr. Singh, who was Sikh and moved to the United States from India in 2005, marks the second time in two months that members of the nation’s Sikh group mourned after a mass capturing. In April, four Sikhs were among the eight people killed in a capturing at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis.

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Taptejdeep Singh had a spouse and two younger youngsters, Bagga Singh mentioned, and loved his job at the V.T.A., the place he had been working for eight or 9 years. He additionally had an insurance coverage license and was an actual property agent, Bagga Singh mentioned.

“He can work anything he wants, very smart guy,” he mentioned.

Family members mentioned county officers advised them that Taptejdeep Singh acted heroically when he detected hazard throughout the assault, calling out to his co-workers that pictures have been being fired and rapidly ushering one girl right into a safe room.

“I think he’s the one who tried to save the people, as many as he could,” mentioned Bagga Singh, who additionally spoke out in opposition to gun violence: “Nobody should have a gun.”

Michael Joseph Rudometkin started working for the V.T.A. in 2013 as a transit mechanic, in response to the company. He then grew to become an electro-mechanic and an overhead line employee.

Raul Peralez, a member of the San Jose City Council, described Mr. Rudometkin as a friend on Facebook. He mentioned that he and his father had been planning a golf outing with Mr. Rudometkin.

“Now that will never happen again,” Mr. Peralez mentioned. “My family and I have lost a long time great friend and there are no words to describe the heartache we are feeling right now, especially for his family.”

This briefing will proceed to be up to date as we study extra about the victims.

Sheriff Laurie Smith of Santa Clara County speaking at a news conference next to the Valley Transportation Authority rail yard on Wednesday. 
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Investigators don’t but know whether or not the victims of Wednesday’s capturing at a rail yard in San Jose have been particularly focused, and they haven’t recognized a motive for the gunman, Laurie Smith, the sheriff of Santa Clara County, mentioned in an interview Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today.”

“What in the world could possibly prompt someone to take this kind of action?” she mentioned. “We don’t know at this point.”

Officers confronted Samuel James Cassidy, whom California legislation enforcement officers recognized as the gunman, “within a few minutes,” Sheriff Smith mentioned, suggesting the carnage may have been worse in the event that they had not arrived rapidly. The sheriff’s workplace headquarters is subsequent door to the rail yard.

Mr. Cassidy carried two semiautomatic handguns and had 11 loaded magazines, she mentioned, including that police canine at the scene discovered supplies for bombs in what investigators imagine to be his locker.

Investigators are additionally trying into how a hearth at Mr. Cassidy’s home was apparently began whereas he was finishing up the assault. The police obtained the first report of pictures fired at 6:34 a.m., and the name reporting the hearth got here in at 6:37 a.m.

“What we’re operating under now, but I’m not sure that this isn’t going to change, is that he set some kind of a device to go off at a certain time, probably to coincide with the shooting,” she mentioned.

The 9 victims of the capturing have been unfold over two buildings, she mentioned.

“He was very deliberate, very fast,” she mentioned. “He knew where employees would be.”

Police officers watched as residents who live near the suspect’s home, center, left the area.
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Everything was set for an abnormal day in a suburban nook of southeastern San Jose on Wednesday. Doug Suh had an early golf recreation scheduled. Andy and Alice Abad have been getting ready for a morning physician’s appointment. And Anthony Nguyen was, as all the time, set for his each day 9:30 a.m. church service.

But by early afternoon, every resident of the Evergreen neighborhood found in their very own means that one thing had gone very unsuitable.

Early on Wednesday, Abad watched from his kitchen as a funnel of smoke and flames poured from a house one block away. Suh bought a name from a buddy on the golf course a couple of man who had killed eight employees at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rail yard. (It would later become nine.) And Nguyen bought an identical name from a buddy however with a extra disturbing element: “The man who did it was your neighbor,” Nguyen’s buddy advised 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 fuel 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 capturing, Samuel James Cassidy, 57, a upkeep employee who had been with the V.T.A. for not less than 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 accountable 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.

Suh, who lives throughout the avenue from the suspect, scanned via his safety digicam footage when he returned residence from his golf recreation. 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.

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 avenue on Wednesday, he assumed there had been a site visitors accident. Then his buddy referred to as with the information about the capturing.

“What about all these families that lost sons and fathers?” Mr. Nguyen requested in his driveway. “I’m so sorry for them. It’s not right. All these broken hearts.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom asked lawmakers to “move beyond the platitudes and the usual rhetoric” that follow mass shootings.
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California has some of the most progressive gun legal guidelines in the nation and is one of two states to obtain a full A score from the Giffords Law Center, which advocates for gun reform. The state requires common background checks for gun homeowners and restrictions on the dimension of magazines, together with different legal guidelines that limit the sorts of firearms that an individual can legally buy.

But after a mass capturing on Wednesday that claimed nine lives at a San Jose rail yard, politicians including Gov. Gavin Newsom and President Biden urged lawmakers to take additional motion in legislating firearms. In a statement, Mr. Biden urged Congress to “heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end this epidemic of gun violence.”

It is unclear what kind of weapons have been utilized by the gunman, whose physique was discovered at the scene, the place he had acquired them, or whether or not they would have met California’s authorized requirements. The state bans the possession of assault weapons, with some exceptions, and bans so-called ghost weapons, that are usually assembled by a person and don’t include a serial quantity.

According to the Giffords Law Center, which additionally offers an A score to New Jersey, California has the seventh-lowest price of gun deaths in the nation, and has the most sturdy system for taking weapons from people who find themselves barred from having them.

At least one of California’s gun legal guidelines is being challenged in court docket. In August 2020, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down a state legislation that banned the possession of magazines that may maintain greater than 10 rounds. In February, nevertheless, the court docket mentioned it could reconsider that decision.

Law enforcement officers in the light rail yard in San Jose where a gunman killed nine people.
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The man recognized by California legislation enforcement officers as the gunman in a mass capturing at a San Jose rail yard on Wednesday lived alone and had a hostile persona, in response to interviews with a neighbor and an ex-girlfriend, in addition to a overview of court docket information.

The gunman, Samuel James Cassidy, 57, lived southeast of downtown San Jose, in a suburban neighborhood of cul-de-sacs and palm bushes, public information present. Doug Suh, an actual property agent who lived throughout the avenue, described Mr. Cassidy, who authorities say appeared to have killed himself, as somebody with a brief mood.

“I was afraid of him,” Mr. Suh mentioned. “My wife was scared of him, too.”

“He lived alone,” Mr. Suh mentioned. “I never saw any friends or family. I never saw anyone else going into the house.”

Mr. Suh recalled Mr. Cassidy as soon as lashing out at him when Mr. Suh turned his automotive round in Mr. Cassidy’s driveway. “He yelled, ‘Do not come onto my driveway.’”

Family court docket information present that Mr. Cassidy was married for 10 years earlier than divorcing in 2004. The couple had no youngsters.

In 2009, Mr. Cassidy sought a restraining order in opposition to his former girlfriend, Jingkun Wang, referred to as Connie. In court docket filings, he accused her of vandalizing his roommate’s automotive, calling at late hours of the evening, hurling insults and suggesting she had him beneath surveillance.

Ms. Wang countered that Mr. Cassidy, whom she had dated for a yr, had “major mood swings due to bipolar disorder” which have been exacerbated when he consumed giant portions of alcohol. She additionally accused him of forcing himself on her sexually.

Their relationship failed when he advised her round February 2009 {that a} feminine houseguest had moved in, and that she ought to not come go to.

She denied vandalizing any autos, and accused him of stealing gadgets from eating places and employers, and failing to return her tv and pc printer.

“He has manipulated me in many ways which are apparent to my friends and family,” she mentioned.

The court docket ordered Ms. Wang to remain not less than 300 yards from him, his dad and mom and his new girlfriend for 3 years.

In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Ms. Wang, now 58, mentioned she had not spoken to Mr. Cassidy in 12 years, however described him as somebody who was “not mentally stable,” who could be loving one second and imply the subsequent. She additionally described his ingesting as extreme.

They met on Match.com, Ms. Wang mentioned. Two months into their relationship, he advised her to select a diamond ring and he would purchase it, she recalled. She declined.

After they broke up, Mr. Cassidy confirmed up at her house complicated at some point, Ms. Wang mentioned. A neighbor let him in and he took her brand-new Toyota Camry, for which he had a key, with out permission. He returned it broken from what he advised her was an accident, she mentioned.

The Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass capturing as one with 4 or extra individuals injured or killed, not together with the perpetrator, counted not less than 232 mass shootings as of May 26. (The archive, a nonprofit group, has counted 15 mass murders, which it defines as 4 or extra individuals killed, in 2021.)

There is little consensus on the definition of a mass capturing, complicating the efforts of nonprofits and information organizations to doc the scope of the downside.

The Violence Project follows the slim definition of the Congressional Research Service, requiring the assaults to be in public and excluding home shootings and these “attributable to underlying criminal activity.” CNN has outlined a mass capturing as one with 4 or extra accidents or deaths. The Washington Post’s effort to trace public mass shootings contains shootings with 4 or extra individuals killed, however doesn’t embrace robberies or home shootings in personal properties.

This yr they’ve included shootings in Atlanta. Indianapolis. Boulder, Colo. Boone, N.C. And now San Jose.

To some, it might need appeared as if mass shootings all however halted throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with a yr passing between large-scale shootings in public locations. But the shootings by no means stopped. They simply weren’t as public.

The Gun Violence Archive counted more than 600 such shootings in 2020, in contrast with 417 in 2019.



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