By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – At least nine people are dead following a mass shooting at a California light rail yard, the county’s sheriff’s office said Wednesday. The gunman – identified as Samuel Cassidy – opened fire a little before 7am local time at the yard run by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority near the city’s main airport.
The eight victims include Valley Transportation Authority employees. Authorities did not release any of their names. Cassidy, 57, also died in the shooting. Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said it was ‘undetermined’ how the shooter died but local reports suggest he turned the gun on himself.
He is understood to have set fire to his own home before carrying out the rampage, The LA Times reports. Multiple weapons and ammunition are said to have been found there.
One employee’s mother told KTVU that the shooting occurred during a union meeting. Workers have since been evacuated. VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress said the building where the shooting took place required security access.