Multiple killed, injured in shooting at California transit facility, suspect dead

San Jose shooting

San Jose shooting

Samuel Cassidy, 57, a maintenance worker of the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), San Jose, on Wednesday gunned down nine of his co-workers in one of the deadliest shootings in California state in recent years.

On the morning of May 26, authorities said, Cassidy shot his coworkers in two buildings before killing himself in front of responding law enforcement officers.

'From what we have heard, he reacted quickly to get colleagues into secure offices, and was frantically calling others who would have been coming in for a shift change to warn them about the shooter, ' Karman stated.

"I know for sure that when the suspect knew that law enforcement was there he took his own life", said Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith.

Karman described his brother as a 'wonderful person who was committed to serving others, ' and said that their family take comfort in knowing that he died a hero. "So, I'm very proud of him".

The shooter had talked about killing people at work more than a decade ago, his ex-wife said. Bomb squads searched the complex, according to sheriff's spokesman Deputy Russell Davis.

Cassidy fired 39 rounds and appears to have targeted some of his victims, according to the Santa Clara Sheriff's Department.

Police said Cassidy acted alone and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"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. We can, and we must, do more".

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Meanwhile, more than 2,000 people gathered at San Jose City Hall on Thursday for a vigil to remember the victims of the VTA mass shooting, NBC Bay Area reported.

Dozens of police cars and fire engines lining the streets near the rail yard were joined at the scene by Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

Nearby, anxious families of employees waited at a county building for word about the safety their relatives.

"It would appear as if the fire was set as the shooter was on his way to the worksite", said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

All nine were shot and killed while at work, at the Valley Transportation Authority, allegedly by a coworker. An incendiary device or devices caused the home to catch fire Wednesday morning almost simultaneously with the shooting, and firefighters reported ongoing explosions or bursts of flames throughout the morning and day. According to multiple U.S. media reports, the blaze began at the suspect's home shortly before the attack. The victims were identified as Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; Adrian Balleza, 29; Alex Ward Fritch, 49; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Lars Kepler Lane, 63; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; and Timothy Michael Romo, 49.

An ex-girlfriend additionally accused him of raping and abusing her, often during violent "mood swings", according to cour t records cited by the San Francisco Chronicle. The local community is reeling after the devastating mass shooting.

Singh was a married father of two young children.

Biden last month branded USA gun violence an "epidemic" and an "international embarrassment".

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