A shooting at the VTA facility on Younger St has left several people being treated, but the situation is still being assessed. The shooter is no longer a threat, and the facility has been evacuated. I will update as more information becomes available. That is how the story broke.
Mass shootings are so commonplace. Just hours before the shooting at San Jose, 57 year old, Samuel Cassidy was due to face a disciplinary hearing for making racist remarks to coworkers. There is no telling what else could have been in store for the people of San Jose, judging from the explosive devices and Molotov cocktails that detectives found inside Cassidy’s home. [According to the BBC]
Sources report that Cassidy had been bragging to colleagues about his guns and bombs. His rampage left 8 people deceased. San Jose mayor, Sam Liccardo, said that the suspect’s home had also been set on fire.
Cassidy has been working for Valley Transportation Authority since at least 2012, according to the public payroll and pension database Transparent California. He was first employed as a mechanic from 2012-2014, but then became someone who maintained substations from 2014 onwards.
According to Nelms who was married to Cassidy for 10 years says he used to come home from work and feel resentful because he was working hard, but getting paid less than his male counterparts. He would be angry, and it would affect his relationships with others.
‘He could dwell on things,’ she said. The two hadn’t been in touch for about 13 years, she said.
##Biden urges Congress to act on gun control
President Biden orders that flags be flown at half-mast following the shooting, and notes this is his fifth time having to do so since taking office. This is a sentiment that has been echoed by California Democrats leader, Gavin Newsom.
“There are at least eight families who will never be whole again. There are children, parents, and spouses who are waiting to hear whether someone they love is ever going to come home,” said the president in a statement.
“I feel like this happens over and over and over again. It begs the question: What the hell is going on in the United States of America?” said Governor Newsom.