Multiple deaths reported after shooting at California railyard

Lula Sharp
May 27, 2021

The attacker took his own life, according to authorities. Authorities have not offered a motive. Two law enforcement officials identified the suspect as 57-year-old Sam Cassidy.

The Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner identified the other eight victims as Lars Kepler Lane, 63; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Alex Ward Fritch, 49; Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; and Adrian Balleza, 29.

"They immediately entered the building", said Deputy Russell Davis of sheriff's deputies.

An exact number of dead is year to be confirmed by police, though its reported that between seven and eight are dead, and one person was rushed to hospital. The victims were found in two buildings on the site.

Cassidy had worked for the transit authority since at least 2012, when he was listed as an "electro-mechanic", and was promoted to "substation maintainer" in 2015, according to records posted by the nonprofit website Transportation California.

'A terrible tragedy has happened today and our thoughts and love go out to the VTA family, ' Glenn Hendricks, chairman of the VTA board, told reporters.

Further investigation revealed that the situation happened not in the operations and control centre, but in a part of the yard where workers do maintenance on vehicles.

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She said the cabin reeled back down the line until it apparently hit a pylon and then plummeted to the ground. A young child was hospitalised in a serious condition with broken bones, authorities said.


"There's a sameness to this, and that numbness, I think, is something we're all feeling", California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in San Jose, after mentioning other recent shootings in the state.

Mr Singh was a light rail operator at the VTA for nine years now.

San Jose, a city of about 1 million residents, lies at the heart of Silicon Valley, a global technology hub and home to some of America's biggest high-tech companies. Neighborhood security footage showed him leaving the intact home around 5:45 a.m. and never returning prior to the blaze, the San Jose Mercury News reported. He said he had no information about possible explosives inside the structure.

In a statement from the White House, U.S.President Joe Biden said he and Vice President Kamala Harris had been briefed on the shootings.

"Once again, I urge Congress to take immediate action and heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end this epidemic of gun violence in America".

The attack was the latest of at least nine deadly USA mass shootings in the past three months, including a string of attacks at Atlanta-area day spas in mid-March and a rampage days later that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket.

"We are still awaiting numerous details of this latest mass shooting, but there are some things we know for sure", President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday.

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