Shooting in San Jose: authorities identify nine victims before a vigil in their honor

Eight of the victims, aged 29 to 63, were identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday as Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35 years old; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63 years old; and Lars Kepler Lane, 63.

A ninth victim, Alex Ward Fritch, 49, was rushed to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in critical condition and died Wednesday evening, the coroner’s office said.

Wednesday’s incident was the 232nd shooting in which at least four people have been shot dead in the United States so far this year, according to a tally of the archives of gun violencebecause another community was left to make sense of the violence that struck near her home.
The San Jose murders are the latest in a series of shootings that have hit essential workers in the United States, who tried to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic but were murdered in acts of mass violence .

And just like in other previous cases, investigators are looking into the gunman’s motive, according to Deputy Russell Davis of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

One thing that has become clear is that “the victims and all colleagues knew the shooter well,” Mayor Sam Liccardo told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Police responded to reports of gunfire

The shooting began just after 6:30 a.m. PT, when multiple 911 calls reported shots fired near an VTA control center, a hub that stores light rail trains, and a maintenance yard, said Davis

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This happened as the night shift and day shift workers overlapped, Davis said.

The shooting took place in the VTA yard – not the operations control center – as the streetcar was starting for the day, said VTA board chairman Glenn Hendricks. The yard is where ATV vehicles are serviced and shipped.

Several law enforcement agencies and firefighters responded using their “active fire protocol,” Davis said.

Davis said law enforcement officers did not exchange gunfire with the shooter and investigators believed he had committed suicide.

“I know for sure that when the suspect found out the law enforcement was there, he committed suicide, our deputies were there at the time,” said Laurie Smith, Santa Clara County Sheriff. The deputies were there quickly as the sheriff’s office is right next door, she added.

Gunman who killed eight colleagues at California transportation hub knew victims well, mayor says

Smith said San Jose deputies and police entered a building as the shooting continued “and I know it saved many lives.”

Smith said the victims worked together and were there in the morning together.

The shooter has been identified as Sam Cassidy, a police source with knowledge of the investigation confirmed to CNN.

Six of the victims remained in the building Wednesday evening as the crime scene was processed, Smith told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

The suspect’s body was moved from where he shot himself for the purpose of administering medical aid and was on a street Wednesday night, Smith said.

Several guns were used in Wednesday’s deadly mass shooting in San Jose, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen told a news conference.

Rosen did not specify the types of weapons or whether they were obtained legally, but said they were not considered “ghost weapons” that cannot be found.

“I know that for a lot of families, and some that I spoke with, when they said goodbye to their wives this morning, their husbands, they didn’t want to say goodbye forever. They wanted to say goodbye until dinner time, and I’m ‘I’m so sorry,’ Rosen said.

The shooter had anger issues, others say

Cassidy, the identified shooter, had a strained relationship with an ex-girlfriend, according to court documents, which revealed troubling allegations she made in a file in 2009 while responding to a restraining order that ‘he had filed against her.

The woman says she dated Cassidy for about a year in what she said turned into a casual relationship after about six months.

She described Cassidy as having mood swings that were “exacerbated when (Cassidy) consumed large amounts of alcohol,” she said in the court document, and she alleged that he suffered from bipolar disorder.

She said he enjoyed playing mind games with her, according to the court document.

“Several times during the relationship he became intoxicated, enraged and sexually imposed on himself,” said the former girlfriend, whom CNN does not name and asks for comment.

Cassidy’s ex-wife Cecilia Nelms told CNN affiliate Bay Area News Group that he resented his job. Nelms was married to Cassidy for about 10 years until the couple filed for divorce in 2005. She has not been in contact with her ex-husband for about 13 years, according to the outlet.

He often spoke angrily about his colleagues and bosses, and at times directed his anger at her, Nelms told the outlet.

When the two married, he “resented what he considered unfair work assignments” and “complained about his job upon his return home”.

Rescue workers leave a house in the back, which is the subject of an investigation in connection with the shooting.

Surveillance video shows man leaving suspect’s house

Surveillance video obtained by CNN shows a man leaving the home of the shooting suspect on Wednesday morning with a gym bag.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said the video was captured around 5:40 a.m. and showed Cassidy leaving the house in a truck. The neighbor described Cassidy as a “calm” and “strange” man.

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CNN has contacted the sheriff’s office to see if investigators have seen and are aware of this video.

The neighbor later noticed that a fire had broken out at Cassidy’s at around 6:30 a.m.

Liccardo said in an interview with CNN affiliate KGO that a fire had been reported at the gunman’s home. No one was found inside the house, he said.

Firefighters responded to a house in the 1100 block of Angmar Court in San Jose at 6:36 a.m. local time, according to tweets from the San Jose Fire Department. The time was just minutes after police were called about the shooting at the VTA facility, about 8 miles away.

It took firefighters about an hour to put out the dual-alarm blaze, which caused extensive damage and left the structure uninhabitable, the fire department said.

Jon Passantino, Sarah Moon, Eric Levenson, Stella Chan, Cheri Mossburg, Paul P. Murphy, Josh Campbell, Steve Almasy, Joe Sutton, Dan Simon and DJ Judd contributed to this report.

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