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According to multiple news sources, at about 6:35 a.m. PDT, San Jose police received multiple 911 calls about gunfire at the VTA yard, and units responded to the scene at Younger Avenue and San Pedro Street. Dozens of San Jose police and Santa Clara County sheriff’s vehicles responded to the scene. Sheriff’s officials confirmed at about 8:10 a.m. PDT that the shooter, Cassidy, 57, was dead, and have since confirmed that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No motive has been established.
Cassidy was a technician at the VTA maintenance shop. Eight miles away, firefighters responded to a fire at Cassidy’s house at 6:36 a.m., about the same time as the shooting. The fire is linked to the mass shooting; Cassidy’s address became the site of a second crime scene as gasoline and ammunition were found throughout the house. First responders and law enforcement surrounded his home into the afternoon.
Sarah Wire, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, wrote that Cassidy “set his own house on fire, then drove to a Valley Transportation Authority union meeting and began shooting, law enforcement sources said.”
In a phone interview, Cassidy’s ex-wife told local media outlet KTVU the two divorced in 2009, and she did not have much contact with him since then. She said she lived at the home for about 10 years with him and did not want to say much more. A check of court records shows Cassidy didn’t have a criminal background in Santa Clara County. The mother of a VTA employee told KTVU that her son thought Cassidy was “strange.” Others in the neighborhood described him as a loner.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said her deputies and San Jose police officers arrived quickly after the initial 911 calls. “Our teams, with San Jose PD, were entering the building while shots were still going off. We attempted rescues,” Smith said.
Hours after the shooter died, a bomb squad was clearing the area in case the gunman left explosives behind. Law enforcement authorities said they received information that there were explosive devices located inside the building.
Cassidy is believed to be the only shooter involved, according to officials.
The county building at 70 W. Hedding St. in San Jose is serving as a reunification center for VTA employees and families who may be looking for each other, sheriff’s officials said. Grief counselors were on site.
VTA light rail service was suspended at 12:00 p.m. PDT until further notice, and bus bridges have been established, officials said.
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