Five years in the past, U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained the suspected gunman in Wednesday’s capturing spree in San Jose and located that he expressed hatred of the rail yard the place he labored and is now accused of killing 9 individuals.
In 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped the suspect, Samuel James Cassidy, on a visit again from the Philippines, in accordance with 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 accordance with the memo. When he was requested if he had issues with anybody at work, Cassidy mentioned, “no,” in accordance with the memo.
A Biden administration official mentioned he noticed the memo and confirmed its contents to The Associated Press.
A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security declined to touch upon the memo to USA TODAY. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, which is main the investigation into the capturing, didn’t reply to repeated questions about whether or not they have been notified about the 2016 cease or investigated Cassidy afterward.
A Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority spokesperson Friday, responding to a queston about whether or not Cassidy ever mentioned or did something to make staff uneasy, mentioned the authority was reviewing all data that pertain to Cassidy.
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The contents of the memo align with the image regulation enforcement has painted to date of a person who seems to have kindled hatred towards the individuals he labored with for a decade.
As Cassidy gunned down 9 different staff earlier than taking his personal life, witnesses say he focused particular individuals.
Sheriff Laurie Smith mentioned Cassidy advised no less than 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 mentioned.
Kirk Bertolet, a sign upkeep employee who labored in a separate unit from Cassidy, told the Associated Press that the suspect did not damage individuals he encountered on the way in which to the second constructing, the place extra pictures have been fired.
“Sam made sure he killed all who he wanted. He made sure they were dead,” Bertolet mentioned. “I watched a few of my coworkers breathe their final breaths, they usually have been all gone. Seven of them have been simply gone.”
Bertolet called 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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Victims honored at vigil
About 1,000 people gathered Thursday night at a vigil outside of San Jose’s city hall as family members tearfully remembered their loved one as heroes and role models.
Taptejdeep Singh’s brother, Karman, said his brother had a “lion’s coronary heart.” As the gunman opened fireplace, Taptejdeep Singh rushed out of the security of an workplace to assist others escape, witnesses advised his household.
Annette Romo, whose husband Timothy Michael died, told the crowd, “Never depart house with out giving the one you love a kiss. Cause that was the final I acquired.”
A GoFundMe spokesperson mentioned 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 prepared for the shooting for years, police say
Police say Cassidy, 57, plotted intricately for the shooting. He gathered weapons, read about terrorism, harbored bomb-making materials and rigged his home to go up in an inferno as he set out to kill nine fellow employees.
Before Cassidy left his home around 5:39 a.m., he set a timer or slow-burn device to set his home on fire, said Smith, the Santa Clara County sheriff.
Authorities say they found an assortment of what appeared to be bomb-making materials in Cassidy’s locker — forcing a lockdown of the area and bomb technicians to sweep the large complex.
Sheriff’s Deputy Russell Davis said Cassidy had three semi-automatic 9mm handguns along with 32 high-capacity magazines loaded with additional ammunition.
Those who knew Cassidy, 57, said he had anger and alcohol issues, threatened workplace violence and talked for years about his hatred of his workplace at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail hub.
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 usually was offended at coworkers and about his assignments at work, although she mentioned she hasn’t spoken with him in about greater than a decade.
Another lady who dated Cassidy accused him of rape and sexual assault, in accordance with court docket paperwork from 2009 obtained by The Mercury News. The paperwork additionally embrace accusations that Cassidy had extreme temper swings and suffered from alcohol abuse.
Contributing: John Bacon and Grace Hauck, USA TODAY; The Associated Press