SAN JOSE, Calif. – A Northern California rail yard employee who gunned down nine other employees before taking his own life appeared to focus on his victims and fired greater than 39 pictures, the Santa Clara County sheriff stated Thursday.
The gunman, whose ex-wife says struggled with anger, instructed at the very least one particular person “I’m not going to shoot you,” Sheriff Laurie Smith stated. “And then he shot other people. So I imagine there was some kind of thought on who he wanted to shoot.”
Smith stated the shooter arrived on the mild rail facility for the Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose about 6 a.m. Wednesday with a duffel bag containing semi-automatic handguns and high-capacity magazines.
The 57-year-old gunman, recognized as Samuel J. Cassidy, opened fireplace at about 6:30 a.m. in two buildings on the sprawling mild rail hub, Smith stated. VTA supplies bus, mild rail and different transit companies all through Santa Clara County, essentially the most populated county within the Bay Area.
“When our deputies went through the door, initially he was still firing rounds,” Smith stated. “When our deputy saw him, he took his life.”
U.S. customs officers detained the gunman in 2016 and located he professed a hatred of his office, in keeping with a Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
He 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” when Customs and Border Protection detained him after a visit to the Philippines, in keeping with the memo reported by the Journal.
A Biden administration official stated he noticed the memo and detailed its contents to The Associated Press.The Department of Homeland Security didn’t instantly verify the memo to USA TODAY.
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The victims were mostly front-line workers: bus and lightweight rail operators, mechanics, linemen and an assistant superintendent.
Eight victims have been initially recognized by the Santa Clara County coroner’s workplace: 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, and Lars Kepler Lane, 63.
A ninth victim, Alex Ward Fritch, 49, was taken to a neighborhood hospital earlier than he died Wednesday night.
Cassidy was a long-time rail company worker. Payroll information obtained by ABC-7 News point out he earned $160,000 in base, extra time and different pay as a VTA “substation maintainer.”
Investigators are attempting to find out whether or not he was concerned in a hearth at his dwelling and one other close by blaze. He was seen on a neighbor’s security camera footage leaving his dwelling at 5:39 a.m. with a duffel bag, in keeping with the San Jose Mercury News.
About an hour later, the San Jose Fire Department acquired a name a few blaze at a lumber enterprise about 5 miles away from the rail yard. Then the primary 911 calls reporting the capturing on the mild rail yard got here in, adopted minutes later by a name of a fireplace on the gunman’s dwelling.
Smith stated the gunman appeared to have set a timer or slow-burn machine to set his dwelling on fireplace.
A girl who dated Cassidy filed a restraining order in opposition to him in 2009, accusing him of rape and sexual assault. The submitting, obtained by The Mercury News, additionally consists of accusations that he had extreme temper swings and suffered from alcohol abuse.
His ex-wife says he had talked about killing individuals at work greater than a decade in the past. “I never believed him, and it never happened,” Cecilia Nelms stated. “Until now.”
Nelms was married to Cassidy for about 10 years earlier than they filed for divorce in 2005. She told The Mercury News he typically was indignant at co-workers and about his assignments at work. She stated, nevertheless, that she had not spoken with him in additional than a decade.
Authorities haven’t stated whether or not the shooter was a authorized gun proprietor. Smith, the sheriff, stated the 9 mm handguns he had look like authorized. He additionally had 11 high-capacity magazines, every with 12 rounds.
In California, it’s unlawful to purchase magazines that maintain greater than 10 rounds. However, if Cassidy had obtained them earlier than Jan. 1, 2000, he can be allowed to have them until he was in any other case prohibited from possessing firearms.
Smith instructed CNN and NBC a locker on the rail yard believed to be the gunman’s contained “materials for bombs, detonator cords, the precursors to an explosive.”
The gunman’s social media presence, if he had one, was not readily obvious, neither is a felony file.
‘What the hell is improper with us?:After San Jose shooting, California Gov. Gavin Newsom asks
California Gov. Gavin Newsom met with some relations of the victims and spoke at a information convention Wednesday, expressing frustration with the cycle of mass shootings within the U.S. He praised the efforts of regulation enforcement on the scene however requested: “What the hell is wrong with us, and when are we going to return to grips with this?”
Later Wednesday, President Joe Biden stated he was “yet again” ordering flags be flown at half staff to mark one other mass capturing and made a plea for gun management laws.
“I urge Congress to take immediate action and heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end this epidemic of gun violence in America,” he stated.
The U.S. has traditionally reported a gun homicide rate about 25 times higher than that of different rich nations. In 2021 alone, there have been 15 mass killings, every with at the very least 4 victims lifeless, in keeping with an Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University database. All instances have been shootings and claimed a complete 87 lives.
Wednesday’s mass capturing was Santa Clara County’s second in lower than two years. In 2019, a gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, killing three individuals and wounding 17.
Bacon reported from Arlington, Va.; Hauck from Chicago. Contributing: Christal Hayes, USA TODAY; Jorge L. Ortiz; The Associated Press