SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — An worker opened fireplace in a mass taking pictures at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority mild rail facility in San Jose Wednesday morning, killing eight victims and injuring a number of others. The incident was related to a separate home fireplace within the metropolis at across the identical time of the taking pictures, in response to officers.
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis mentioned the unidentified male shooter was additionally useless and recognized him as a VTA worker, however the circumstances of how the suspect died weren’t disclosed.
VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress mentioned the extent of accidents on the Guadalupe upkeep yard on W. Youthful Ave. have been nonetheless being decided. No less than two male sufferers have been taken to Valley Medical Middle in San Jose.
“Earlier San Jose Valley Medical Middle acquired two sufferers — one was deceased upon arrival and the opposite is in vital situation,” mentioned Valley Medical Middle spokesperson Pleasure Alexiou/. “We aren’t anticipating some other sufferers.”
Davis mentioned a hearth 13 miles away at a house in San Jose was related to the taking pictures. Police automobiles and a bomb squad have been seen gathered on the fireplace scene on the 1100 block of Angmar Ct. within the Ramblewood neighborhood of South San Jose.
“We now have acquired info that there are explosive units which can be positioned contained in the constructing,” mentioned Davis. “That being mentioned, we activated our bomb squad which is at the moment out on scene. Just about we’re making an attempt to filter each room and each crevice of that constructing to make sure public security.”
Uncooked Video: Scene of Mass Capturing at San Jose VTA Gentle Rail Facility
Cops and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies responded in drive early Wednesday after receiving a number of 911 calls of an lively shooter on the mild rail yard at about 6:34 a.m. The situation is subsequent door to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Workplace and a block from the San Jose Civic Middle and county places of work.
“A horrible tragedy has occurred at the moment,” mentioned a visibly-shaken VTA Board Chair Glenn Hendricks. “Our ideas and love goes out to the VTA household, to the group, and what they’ve needed to undergo.
Hendricks mentioned the taking pictures occurred within the rail yard and never within the management middle, including that VTA service could be suspended Wednesday afternoon and bus bridges would change mild rail trains.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith thanked San Jose police for being on the scene as officers entered the constructing throughout the lethal incident because the gunman was nonetheless firing a weapon.
“We admire [that] San Jose PD was with us instantly going into the constructing,” mentioned Smith. “Our groups confirmed exemplary habits — what they’re skilled to do — as pictures have been nonetheless being fired. Our groups with San Jose PD have been getting into the constructing whereas pictures have been nonetheless going off. We tried rescues; It’s unsure the place that’s proper now.”
“This can be a horrific day for our metropolis, and it’s a tragic day for the VTA household,” mentioned San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Our coronary heart pains for the household and coworkers as a result of we all know so many are feeling deeply this lack of their family members and their buddies. Now could be the second for us to gather ourselves and perceive what occurred, to mourn and assist those that have suffered to heal.”
“We’re in a really darkish second,” added Liccardo.
A tweet from the ATU Native 265 Transit Union following phrase of the taking pictures had a easy message, “Pray.” The union represents the VTA employees and there have been unconfirmed studies that the taking pictures befell at morning union assembly.
— atu_local_ 265 (@265Atu) Might 26, 2021
Amalgamated Transit Union Worldwide President John A. Costa launched the next assertion:
“We’re shocked and deeply saddened by the a number of fatalities and accidents at a taking pictures at the moment at a VTA rail facility in San Jose. Our hearts and prayers are with our sisters, brothers, and their households at Amalgamated Transit Union Native 265 in San Jose. We’re working to supply help and help to the victims’ households, and everybody impacted by this tragic occasion.”
Street closures have been in impact on Youthful Ave each instructions from 1st St. to the VTA facility. San Pedro St. was closed in each instructions closed from Youthful Ave. to Hedding St.
A reunification middle for VTA worker members of the family was being established on the County Constructing at 70 W. Hedding Road with grief counselors on web site. A quantity for members of the family to name for info was additionally supplied: 408-299-2311.
Our sincerest condolences and prayers to the victims’ households and our communities throughout this tragic incident. Thanks to all of the courageous and brave first responders.
— Anthony Mata (@SJPDChief_Mata) Might 26, 2021
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