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PICTURED: Victims of San Jose mass taking pictures, including father-of-two, 36, and grandpa, 63

The gunman – acknowledged as Samuel Cassidy – opened fire on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail yard on Wednesday morning

The names of all eight victims of Wednesday morning’s mass taking footage at a California light rail yard have been launched to most people. 

The Santa Clara County Coroner revealed  Wednesday night that the victims had been all workers of the Valley Transportation Authority and had been aged between 29 and 63. 

They’re Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Timothy Romo, 49; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; Lars Lane, 63; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; and Michael Rudometikin, 40.

The males had been killed by co-worker Samuel Cassidy, 57, who opened fire on the rail yard shortly sooner than 7am. 

Singh was married father of two youthful youngsters, in accordance with ABC 7. 

In the meantime, Rudometkin- who was moreover married – had been working as an overhead line worker at VTA since 2018.  

San Jose councilman Raul Peralez paid tribute to Rudometikin, whom he described as a longtime pal, in a Fb submit.  

‘My dad and I had been merely planning one different golf day reunion with Mikey, and now that will under no circumstances happen as soon as extra. My family and I’ve misplaced a really very long time good pal and there aren’t any phrases to clarify the heartache we’re feeling correct now, notably for his family,’ he wrote.  

Victim Taptejdeep Singh, 36, was married father of two young children, according to ABC 7

Sufferer Taptejdeep Singh, 36, was married father of two youthful youngsters, in accordance with ABC 7

Michael Rudometikin, 40, was one of the eight people killed by co-worker Samuel Cassidy at the VTA rail yard on Wednesday morning

Michael Rudometikin, 40, was one of many eight people killed by co-worker Samuel Cassidy on the VTA rail yard on Wednesday morning 

Lars Lane, 63, was also named as one of the eight victims

Lars Lane, 63, was moreover named as one of many eight victims 

In the meantime, on Wednesday evening, chilling surveillance video of Cassidy, 57,  leaving his residence shortly sooner than the massacre was launched to most people. 

Cassidy, 57, was caught on a neighbor’s Nest digicam leaving his Santa Clara residence early Wednesday morning sooner than he drove 10 miles to the rail yard, the place he opened fire. 

The mass killer was seen inside the surveillance footage clutching a black duffel bag, believed to hold the gun he used to carry out the massacre. 

After taking footage indiscriminately at his colleagues, Cassidy then turned the gun on himself.   

Police think about Cassidy moreover set fire to his residence shortly sooner than he left for the VTA yard. Flames had been seen billowing from the property after he departed in a white Ford pick-up truck.    

Mass shooter Samuel Cassidy, 57, was caught on a neighbor's Nest camera leaving his Santa Clara residence early Wednesday morning before he drove 10 miles to the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), where he opened fire

Mass shooter Samuel Cassidy, 57, was caught on a neighbor’s Nest digicam leaving his Santa Clara residence early Wednesday morning sooner than he drove 10 miles to the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), the place he opened fire

Police have equipped no motive for the killing. 

Nonetheless, former confederate of Cassidy’s spoke with NBC Bay Space, claiming he  suffered from psychological effectively being factors. 

The ex – who has not been named – instructed NBC Bay Space that she and Cassidy dated for six months once more in 2009 after assembly on Match.com. 

She said Cassidy turned on her when she rejected his marriage proposal, telling him she didn’t want to rush into a wedding.  

‘I was scared… I turned him down and he turned fully completely completely different,’ she acknowledged. ‘He was offended, screaming, [he stole] my automotive.’ 

The ex moreover added that Cassidy said his job at VTA was ‘anxious and that he ‘complained about his boss’. 

In the meantime, The San Francisco Chronicle evaluations that one different ex-girlfriend of Cassidy’s filed courtroom paperwork in opposition to him once more in 2009. They bought right here in response to a restraining order Cassidy had filed in opposition to her earlier. 

Within the paperwork, the girl accuses him of repeatedly attempting to pressure her into having anal intercourse and of raping her as quickly as in 2008. 

The girl further alleged Cassidy ‘had fundamental mood swings consequently of bipolar dysfunction, which worsened when he drank big portions of alcohol’. 

‘He moreover carried out a variety of ideas video video games which he seems to have the benefit of,’ she acknowledged inside the paperwork. 

Tactical law enforcement officers move through the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail yard where a mass shooting occurred Wednesday

Tactical laws enforcement officers switch through the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail yard the place a mass taking footage occurred Wednesday 

VTA workers are seen leaving work after the shooting on Wednesday morning

VTA staff are seen leaving work after the taking footage on Wednesday morning

Cassidy’s father James Cassidy, 88, answered the phone to DailyMail.com Wednesday and said: ‘I’m sorry, I have no idea what he may have been going through.’ 

He instructed The Every day Beast his son ‘appeared totally himself’ sooner than the taking footage, together with: ‘He didn’t discuss his job or politics. I merely found he was ineffective and his residence on fire and all {{that a}} minute previously.’ 

The incident is the newest in a string of mass shootings this 12 months. 

On Wednesday, first evaluations of gunfire on the VTA light rail yard bought right here at spherical 6:30am native time.

The sheriff had tweeted early Wednesday morning: ‘Deputies at current on scene for an vigorous shooter investigation inside the area of 100 W. Youthful Ave. SJ. 

‘Please avoid the realm. Extra data to adjust to.’  

The taking footage befell at a light-weight rail facility that’s subsequent door to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Division and all through a freeway from the airport. The ability is a transit administration coronary heart that retailers trains and has a maintenance yard. 

Seven victims died on the scene. Two victims had been transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Heart, in accordance with spokesperson Pleasure Alexiou. One explicit individual was pronounced ineffective upon arrival, and the alternative was in vital scenario.

VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress said the establishing the place the taking footage befell required security entry, together with: ‘We ask for folk’s prayers.’ 

Emergency personnel reply to a taking footage at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) facility on Wednesday

San Jose Bomb Squad technician and his team meet before entering the scene of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority mass shooting

San Jose Bomb Squad technician and his crew meet sooner than coming into the scene of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority mass taking footage

No less than eight people had been killed when a transit employee opened fire at a light-weight rail yard in San Jose, California, on Wednesday morning, the county sheriff’s workplace said

A law enforcement K-9 unit searches for evidence at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail yard

A laws enforcement Okay-9 unit searches for proof on the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail yard

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Deputy Russell Davis said at a news conference the gunman was also dead. The gunman was a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) employee, he said

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputy Russell Davis said at a data conference the gunman was moreover ineffective. The gunman was a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) employee, he said 

The shooting took place just before 7 a.m. Pacific Time at a light rail yard run by the VTA near the city's main airport

 The taking footage befell merely sooner than 7 a.m. Pacific Time at a light-weight rail yard run by the VTA near the city’s foremost airport

A bomb squad was searching the yard after 'at least one' explosive device was found, Davis said

A bomb squad was looking the yard after ‘at least one’ explosive system was found, Davis said 

VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress said the building where the shooting took place required security access, adding: 'It would have to be someone who either broke into this yard, or someone who has access. 'We ask for people's prayers'

VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress said the establishing the place the taking footage befell required security entry, together with: ‘It should be any person who each broke into this yard, or any person who has entry. ‘We ask for folk’s prayers’ 

Gunfire erupted Wednesday at a railyard in San Jose. 'A horrible tragedy has happened today and our thoughts and love go out to the VTA family,' Glenn Hendricks, the chairman of the VTA board, said at the news conference

Gunfire erupted Wednesday at a railyard in San Jose. ‘A horrible tragedy has occurred instantly and our concepts and love exit to the VTA family,’ Glenn Hendricks, the chairman of the VTA board, said on the knowledge conference

 

Cassidy, 57,  is understood to have set fire to his own home, pictured, before carrying out the rampage, The LA Times reports. Multiple weapons and ammunition are said to have been found there

Cassidy, 57,  is thought to have set fire to his personal residence, pictured, sooner than ending up the rampage, The LA Instances evaluations. A number of weapons and ammunition are said to have been found there

The Valley Transportation Authority gives bus, light rail and completely different transit corporations all via Santa Clara County, most likely essentially the most populated county inside the Bay Space, authorities said. 

Following evaluations the incident befell all through a gathering of union members Amalgamated Transit Union Worldwide President John A. Costa said in assertion: ‘We’re shocked and deeply saddened by the a variety of fatalities and accidents at a taking footage instantly at a VTA rail facility. 

‘Our hearts and prayers are with our sisters, brothers, and their households at ATU Native 265 in San Jose.’ 

Native division, ATU Native 265, tweeted: ‘Pray.’

Damage from a fire at the house of the suspect of a shooting is pictured

Harm from a fire on the house of the suspect of a taking footage is pictured

Emergency responders respond to a fire at the house of the suspect of a shooting

Emergency responders reply to a fire on the house of the suspect of a taking footage

Police secure the scene of a mass shooting at a rail yard run by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose

Police protected the scene of a mass taking footage at a rail yard run by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose

The shooting took place around 6:30 a.m. at a light rail facility next door to the sheriff’s department and across a freeway from the airport. The facility is a transit control center that stores trains and has a maintenance yard

The taking footage befell spherical 6:30 a.m. at a light-weight rail facility subsequent door to the sheriff’s division and all through a freeway from the airport. The ability is a transit administration coronary heart that retailers trains and has a maintenance yard

The VTA provides bus, light rail and other transit services throughout Santa Clara County, the largest in the Bay Area and home to Silicon Valley

The VTA gives bus, light rail and completely different transit corporations all via Santa Clara County, a very powerful inside the Bay Space and residence to Silicon Valley

One Valley Transportation Authority employee's mother told KTVU that the shooting occurred during a union meeting

One Valley Transportation Authority employee’s mother instructed KTVU that the taking footage occurred all through a union assembly

Glenn Hendricks, the chairman of the VTA board, said the shooting took place in a part of the yard where workers do maintenance on vehicles, and was not in the yard's operations and control center

Glenn Hendricks, the chairman of the VTA board, said the taking footage befell in a component of the yard the place staff do maintenance on cars, and was not inside the yard’s operations and administration coronary heart

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted: ‘Our hearts are pained for the households of those we have now now misplaced on this horrific taking footage. Within the @VTA family, we mourn our misplaced coworkers and pray for the restoration of those being dealt with.’  

‘These are, and had been, vital staff,’ Mayor Liccardo later said at a data conference.

‘These VTA workers helped us get through this horrific pandemic. That they had been displaying up frequently to perform light rail and buses to verify people could nonetheless go about their lives inside the middle of the issue of the pandemic. And so they had been taking risks with their very personal lives in doing so.’

He said he was acutely aware of knowledge evaluations of a fire on the house of the individual the authorities believed to be the shooter.

‘That’s positively the information that I’ve, is that there was a fire on the shooter’s residence, there was no individual found inside the home, thank God,’ Liccardo instructed CNN affiliate KGO in an interview. ‘That is every mayor´s worst nightmare.’  

A number of fire division, police and bomb squad cars had been nonetheless parked exterior the suspect’s residence, alongside a cul-de-sac in southeastern San Jose, hours after the taking footage.

An explosives-detecting robotic sat on the road near the home whereas two bomb squad technicians entered the ranch-style residence. 

Particular brokers from the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had been responding to the taking footage crime scene, officers said. 

Valley Transportation Authority workers wait out side the Santa Clara Sheriffs offices as police secure the scene

Valley Transportation Authority staff wait out side the Santa Clara Sheriffs locations of labor as police protected the scene

San Jose Bomb Squad technician prepares to enter the scene of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority shooting

San Jose Bomb Squad technician prepares to enter the scene of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority taking footage

BI Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco, Craig Fair, speaks to the media as police and investigators continue to work at the scene of a workplace shooting at the San Jose Valley Transportation Authority light rail yard

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith speaks to the media

BI Particular Agent in Cost, San Francisco, Craig Honest, left, and Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, correct, talk to the media as police and investigators proceed to work on the scene of a office taking footage on the San Jose Valley Transportation Authority light rail yard

The VTA operates three rail traces; it moreover runs 70 bus traces inside the area. 

Cassidy had labored for the VTA since at least 2012, in accordance with most people payroll and pension database commonly known as Clear California. His place from 2012 to 2014 was listed as a mechanic. After that, he was a substation maintainer, the information said. 

Final 12 months, he earned a wage of $102,000, plus benefits and $20,000 in further time, the information confirmed.

Native television station KTVU-TV reported that Cassidy had been married for 10 years and divorced in 2019, citing an interview alongside together with his ex-wife, who reportedly instructed the station she had little contact with him over the earlier decade.  

‘A horrible tragedy has occurred instantly, and our concepts and love exit to the VTA family,’ VTA Chairman Glenn Hendricks instructed a data conference. 

Santa Clara County District Legal professional Jeff Rosen said victims’ grief-stricken households sat huddled collectively, holding fingers and crying, after finding out that they’d misplaced a favored one, describing the scene inside a county establishing.

‘They’re merely sitting and holding fingers and crying,’ Rosen said. ‘It’s horrible. It’s horrible. It’s raw. Individuals are finding out they misplaced their husband, their son, their brother.’ He said about 100 people had been contained within the family reunification coronary heart. 

Exterior the scene, Michael Hawkins instructed The Mercury Information that he was prepared for his mother, Rochelle Hawkins, who had often called him from a co-worker’s phone to ensure him that she was protected.

When the taking footage started, ‘she obtained down with the rest of her coworkers’ and dropped her cellphone, Michael Hawkins instructed the newspaper. Rochelle Hawkins didn’t see the shooter, and she or he was not sure how shut she had been to the attacker, her son said.  

A woman leaves the scene of a shooting at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) facility on Wednesday

A girl leaves the scene of a taking footage at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) facility on Wednesday

'A horrible tragedy has happened today, and our thoughts and love go out to the VTA family,' VTA Chairman Glenn Hendricks told a news conference. Outside the scene, Michael Hawkins told The Mercury News that he was waiting for his mother, Rochelle Hawkins, who had called him from a co-worker's phone to assure him that she was safe

‘A horrible tragedy has occurred instantly, and our concepts and love exit to the VTA family,’ VTA Chairman Glenn Hendricks instructed a data conference. Exterior the scene, Michael Hawkins instructed The Mercury Information that he was prepared for his mother, Rochelle Hawkins, who had often called him from a co-worker’s phone to ensure him that she was protected

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a tweet that his workplace was ‘in shut contact with native laws enforcement and monitoring this case fastidiously.’ He later spoke at a press conference on the scene. 

‘Our hearts exit to the victims and their households,’ White Home spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre instructed reporters. 

The White Home said: ‘The President has been briefed on the mass taking footage and the tragic lack of life in San Jose by his Homeland Safety Advisor, Liz Sherwood-Randall. The White Home continues to look at the state of affairs and stays in shut contact with native officers to produce any assist as wished.’  

A spate of mass shootings have unfolded as a result of the nation has started to emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In March, eight people, together with six women of Asian descent, had been shot ineffective in a string of assaults at day spas in and spherical Atlanta, and decrease than per week later, 10 people had been killed at a grocery retailer in Boulder, Colorado.  

A database compiled by The Related Press, USA In the present day and Northeastern College that tracks every mass killing over the previous 15 years reveals that the San Jose assault is the fifteenth mass killing thus far in 2021, all of them shootings.

Eighty-six people have died inside the shootings, in distinction with 106 for all of 2020. It’s the sixth mass killing in a public place in 2021. The database defines mass killings as 4 people ineffective, not together with the shooter, which suggests the final toll of gun violence is much bigger when together with in smaller incidents. 

San Jose, a metropolis with about 1 million residents, lies on the coronary coronary heart of Silicon Valley, a world coronary heart of technological innovation and residence of a few of America’s largest tech firms. 

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