‘Strange’ employee kills eight at US train yard

'Strange' employee kills eight at US train yard
Source: BBC
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Daily US Times: An employee fatally shot eight people at a California train yard and turned the gun on himself as police closed in. The shooting took place at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) site in San Jose.

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith told journalists: “When our deputies went through the door, initially he was still firing rounds.”

Officials say the killed include transit employees.

The gunman opened fire early at around 06:45 local time on Wednesday in the VTA light train yard. The attack unfolded during an employee meeting, according to a local CBS station.

Law enforcement officials told CBS News that the gunman was 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy.

Cecilia Nelms, his former wife, told the Associated Press news agency that Cassidy would tell her that he wanted to kill his colleagues, but she had never believed he would do it.

Doug Suh, a neighbour of Cassidy, told that the was “lonely” and “strange”.

A spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, said “deputies did not exchange gunfire” with the suspect.

“Preliminarily, we’re going to go with the assumption it was a self inflicted gunshot,” Russell Davis said.

According to local media reports, just before the shooting, a fire broke out at a home belonging to Cassidy.

Authorities say they are looking into whether the suspect may have set his home on fire before embarking on the rampage.

The Santa Clara VTA operates three train lines, making up over 40 miles of rail and it also operates about 70 bus lines in the city.

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