The gunman who fatally shot nine people at a Northern California light rail hub earlier this week stashed an arsenal of weapons and ammunition at his home, which he set on fireplace as a part of his deliberate rampage.
Samuel James Cassidy, 57, had a number of cans of gasoline, suspected Molotov Cocktails, twelve firearms, and about 22,000 rounds of varied forms of ammunition at his home, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office stated in an announcement Friday.
“It is clear that this was a planned event and the suspect was prepared to use his firearms to take as many lives as he possibly could had Sheriff’s Deputies not made entry to stop his rampage,” the workplace stated.
Before the gunman left his home Wednesday morning, he set a timer or slow-burn machine to set his home on fireplace, in response to Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith. At the scene, he had three semi-automatic 9mm handguns together with 32 high-capacity magazines loaded with further ammunition, she stated.
While officers initially discovered “potential explosive precursor materials” at the gunman’s residence and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, they finally didn’t discover any explosives, the workplace stated.
“The suspect has been described by fellow co-workers as being disgruntled, and detectives are investigating his relationship with the VTA,” the workplace stated.
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In 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped Cassidy on a visit again from the Philippines and discovered that he expressed hatred of the rail yard the place he labored, in response to a Department of Homeland Security memo from the cease obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
An officer discovered Cassidy had “books about terrorism and fear and manifestos … as well as a black memo book filled with lots of notes about how he hates the VTA,” in response to the memo. When he was requested if he had issues with anybody at work, Cassidy stated, “no,” in response to the memo.
Local legislation enforcement within the San Jose space was by no means notified of the memo or Cassidy being detained, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen stated in an interview with USA TODAY. He famous his workplace, together with native authorities and the gunman’s employer, could have been in a position to interject and halt the assault from ever occurring.
“The DA’s office was not notified,” Rosen stated, including he wasn’t conscious of a single company within the space that was instructed this information. “I would like to have known this in 2016.”
A VTA spokesperson Friday, responding to a query about whether or not Cassidy ever stated or did something to make staff uneasy, stated the authority was reviewing all data that pertain to Cassidy.
Here’s what we all know Friday:
Gunman’s father says he was blindsided by assault
The gunman’s father on Friday stated he noticed his son simply two days earlier than the assault and felt blindsided by what occurred.
“He came over to help his mom with her car,” James Cassidy, 89, instructed The Mercury News. “He seemed fine.”
The father instructed the outlet there was “no hint” of what his son had deliberate, including they did not see Samuel Cassidy that always and infrequently heard him complain about something.
“He never really indicated anything was wrong at all,” James Cassidy instructed The Mercury News.
But, his father did say that his son suffered from bipolar dysfunction, although it was “no excuse” for what occurred. The gunman’s father doesn’t point out whether or not he was recognized with the dysfunction or whether or not he’d ever been handled.
Witnesses say shooter focused particular folks, was an ‘outsider’
The contents of the memo align with the image legislation enforcement has painted up to now of a person who seems to have kindled hatred in opposition to the folks he labored with for a decade.
As Cassidy gunned down 9 different staff earlier than taking his personal life, witnesses say he focused particular folks. Smith, the sheriff, stated Cassidy instructed at least one individual “I’m not going to shoot you,” earlier than capturing others.
“So I imagine there was some kind of thought on who he wanted to shoot,” Smith stated.
Kirk Bertolet, a sign upkeep employee who labored in a separate unit from Cassidy, told the Associated Press that the suspect did not harm folks he encountered on the best way to the second constructing, the place extra photographs had been fired.
“Sam made sure he killed all who he wanted. He made sure they were dead,” Bertolet stated. “I watched some of my coworkers breathe their last breaths, and they were all gone. Seven of them were just gone.”
Bertolet referred to as Cassidy an “outsider,” saying, “He was by no means within the group. He was by no means accepted by anyone. You look again and also you go, ‘yeah, it fits.'”
Who were the victims?
Nine people died in the shooting, and among the victims were bus and light rail operators, mechanics, linemen and an assistant superintendent.
The victims were: Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez, 35; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; Lars Kepler Lane, 63; and Alex Ward Fritch, 49, according to the Santa Clara County coroner’s office.
VTA light rail maintenance operations manager George Sandoval said at a Thursday news conference that there is a strong connection among many of the agency’s employees.
“Many of these folks worked here for 20, 30 years, so yes, we do become a family,” Sandoval said. “Our staff respond to emergencies on the rail and there’s a bond.”
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About 1,000 folks gathered Thursday evening at a vigil exterior of San Jose’s metropolis corridor as members of the family tearfully remembered their beloved one as heroes and position fashions.
Taptejdeep Singh’s brother, Karman, stated his brother had a “lion’s heart.” As the gunman opened fireplace, Taptejdeep Singh rushed out of the protection of an workplace to assist others escape, witnesses instructed his household.
Annette Romo, whose husband Timothy Michael died, instructed the group, “Never leave home without giving your loved one a kiss. Cause that was the last I got.”
A GoFundMe spokesperson stated a centralized hub for figuring out and verifying fundraisers for the victims and their households has been arrange at gofundme.com/san-jose-strong.
Suspect ready for the capturing for years, police say
Police say Cassidy plotted intricately for the capturing. He gathered weapons, examine terrorism, harbored bomb-making supplies and rigged his home to go up in an inferno as he got down to kill 9 fellow staff.
Before Cassidy left his home round 5:39 a.m., he set a timer or slow-burn machine to set his home on fireplace, stated Smith, the Santa Clara County sheriff.
Authorities say they discovered an assortment of what gave the impression to be bomb-making supplies in Cassidy’s locker — forcing a lockdown of the realm and bomb technicians to comb the big advanced.
Those who knew Cassidy stated he had anger and alcohol points, threatened office violence and talked for years about his hatred of his office.
Cecilia Nelms, who was married to Cassidy for about 10 years earlier than they filed for divorce in 2005, told The Mercury News that he was typically was indignant at coworkers and about his assignments at work, although she stated she hasn’t spoken with him in about greater than a decade.
Another girl who dated Cassidy accused him of rape and sexual assault, in response to courtroom paperwork from 2009 obtained by The Mercury News. The paperwork additionally embody accusations that Cassidy had extreme temper swings and suffered from alcohol abuse.
Contributing: John Bacon, USA TODAY; The Associated Press