Update: It’s been confirmed that nine people are dead following a shooting at the VTA rail yard in San Jose this morning.
The shooter has been identified as 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy, a maintenance worker at the VTA. Cassidy reportedly set his own house on fire before heading to the rail yard where he began shooting.
Cassidy is among the deceased, but his cause of death has not been released.
Authorities believe there are explosives at the rail yard and Yahoo is reporting that the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department has a bomb squad on scene.
A VTA rail yard in San Jose is the site of a mass shooting, according to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department officials.
The incident, which took place earlier this morning, resulted in multiple fatalities and injuries before the shooter was neutralized.
“Shooter is down,” the sheriff’s department tweeted.
The shooting took place during a union meeting, according to witnesses.
According to ABC7, the shooting took place near the area of 100 W. Younger Avenue at the VTA Guadalupe rail yard, where light rail cars are stored.
The area where the shooting took place is a secure site, and it is believed the shooter either had employee access or broke in.
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