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8 Killed In California By Former VTA Employee

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  • Nine people were killed early Wednesday morning in San Jose, California after a gunman openly fired on his own co-workers at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. 
  • Samuel Cassidey, a VTA employee since as early as 2012, attacked his co-workers during a busy shift between overnight and day workers at around 6:30AM local time, before shooting himself after confrontation from Santa Clara County officers.
  • Local law enforcement stayed to search for potential bombs on sight, stating that Cassidey was the only shooter involved and pledging their stressed measure of public safety, halting light rail services.
  • Shortly after the shooting, a fire erupted from the gunman’s alleged house, causing great damage to the structure, although the correlation between the two incidents is still being investigated. 
  • According to San Jose Mayor Sam Licardion, victims killed in the shooting “knew [Cassidey] well.” Cassidey’s former wife claimed that he “spoke angrily about his coworkers and bosses” in a recent news interview.
  • California Governor Gavin Newsome expressed his outrage, asking “What the hell is wrong with the United States of America?” Vice President Kamala Harris also sympathized, calling the shooting “absolutely tragic.”
  • The White House lowered their flags to half-staff under President Joe Biden’s jurisdiction, who later issued a statement: “Every life that is taken by a bullet pierces the soul of our nation. We can, and we must, do more.”
  • San Jose City Hall Plaza has planned a vigil for the victims of the shooting Thursday evening, where the Mayor, City council members, and several other VTA representatives will attend.

Sources

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/active-shooter-near-northern-california-rail-yard-authorities-say-n1268623

https://apnews.com/article/san-jose-shootings-873c4d8b0189f3f985ab3bc31ae5837f

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/san-jose-ca-shooting-05-26-21/index.html

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