Shooting with multiple fatalities reported in downtown San Jose railyard

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SAN JOSE, Calif., May 26, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Police and sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting involving multiple fatalities in San Jose Wednesday morning at a Valley Transportation Authority yard north of downtown.

There are “multiple victims and we have multiple casualties at this point,” said Russell Davis, a spokesperson for Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, at a press conference.

Davis said the victims are Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority employees.

He later confirmed at least eight people were killed, not including the shooter.

The shooter was identified as Samuel Cassidy, an employee of the Santa Clara VTA, law enforcement sources said. He shot and killed himself at the scene, according to sources.

Several agencies responded to “multiple shots fired” at the VTA rail yard after receiving numerous 911 calls at 8:34 a.m. MT.

Dozens of San Jose police and Santa Clara County sheriff’s vehicles responded to the scene.

A reunification center has been set up for employees and families who may be looking for each other.

“Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting,” Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted: “We are in close contact with local law enforcement and monitoring this situation closely.”

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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