San Jose, California experienced a massive shooting near the rail yard on Wednesday that resulted in multiple fatalities. The suspected gunman has also been confirmed to be dead after taking his own life.
Eight people, not including the suspected gunman, have died in the incident that happened early Wednesday morning.
Authorities have identified Samuel Cassidy, an employee at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), where the shooting took place.
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San Jose Deputies Respond to Early-Morning Calls Connected to Shooting
Deputies from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, the fire department, and San Jose Police responded to several 911 calls at around 6:30 a.m. regarding “an active shooter” at the 100 W Younger Ave area in San Jose. Per VTA CHair Gel Hendricks, the incident took place outdoors, in the yard, and not inside the control center. He also stated that they would suspend service following the incident.
According to officials, special agents coming from the FBI, along with those from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), also responded to the crime scene.
Before 8:30 a.m. local time, the sheriff’s office tweeted an update, saying that the “shooter is down.”
BREAKING UPDATE: Santa Clara County sheriff responds to 'active shooter" at VTA light rail yard https://t.co/mZNr0kOqzt
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Shooting Resulted in Multiple Fatalities
According to Mercury News’ early report, “multiple” people died as a result of the incident. On Twitter, San Jose Mayor Sam Licardo stated that the incident took place at a VTA facility. He also said that multiple people were being treated and attended to while “the situation is still being assessed.”
The city’s mayor added that the suspect “is no longer a threat” and that the VTA facility was successfully evacuated.
According to Deputy Russell Davis from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, some of the victims were employees at the VTA facility.
Officials Offer Condolences to the Families of Victims
Later on, Licardo tweeted his condolences to the families of the people lost in the horrific incident. He added that they are mourning the loss of lives that happened and that they are praying for the recovery of those injured.
According to the mayor, the sheriff’s office has organized a reunification center for the families at a building on 70 Hedding St., close to First Street.
The VTA provides transit services throughout Santa Clara County. The horrific shooting happened at a light rail facility right next to the sheriff’s department headquarters. It was also just across the airport. The said facility is a control center where trains are stored, and it also has a maintenance yard.
Gov. Gavin Newsom also tweeted about the said incident. He said that the state government is “in close contact” with the local police and that it is “monitoring this situation closely.”
Anthony Mata, San Jose’s Chief of Police, released a statement, also sending out their “sincerest condolences and prayers” to the families of those who were killed in the incident. He also thanked the “brave and courageous first responders” who went to the scene.
Authorities released a warning to the public, directing them to stay away from the area as it is still an active scene and they are still investigating.
Texas Would be Ready
On Monday, the Texas state Senate passed the final version of HB 1927. As soon as Governor Greg Abbott finalizes the bill, Texas will have the unprecedented right to bear arms.
HB 1927 will roll back restrictions imposed on Texan’s Second Amendment rights. When the bill goes into effect, residents aged 21 years or older will be able to carry a firearm, whether open or concealed, without the need for a permit.
This bill could have saved lives if California took the same approach.
Read more on the Constitutional Carry here.
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