San Jose shooter identified, 8 dead + shooter, upset over union meeting – Update


Additional update below

What we know so far of shooting in San Jose.

The shooter is Samuel Cassidy, a maintenance worker at Valley Transportation Authority where the shooting took place. He killed eight people. He was 57 years old and lived in California all his life. He was upset, allegedly, during a union meeting and began shooting.

The crime was over a workplace issue. He also had a domestic violence and divorce case in family court according to court records.

His father, 88-year-old James Edward Cassidy, told The Daily Beast that he was shocked by the news, as his son “seemed completely himself” in the days before the shooting.

Demian Bulya, a San Francisco Chronicle journalist, wrote on Twitter, “At the same time a man went on a shooting rampage at a VTA yard in San Jose early Wednesday, firefighters responded to two nearby fires — one of them at a home owned by a person who has worked for the transit agency, records show.” [It was the shooter’s home, NBC reports]

Some witnesses say the suspect was upset at the conclusion of an early AM union meeting, but he had already set fire to his home. A review of salaries showed he made a little over $100,000 a year.

Police and firefighters responded to a shooting at the Valley Transportation Authority light rail yard in San Jose, California, that has left multiple casualties and fatalities, according to Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis. The sheriff is currently asking people to stay away from the area. He added that the suspect is dead, and employees of the Valley Transportation Authority were among the victims, though the extent of their injuries was not immediately clear.

This happened just before 7 am.

What else we know so far:

  • Nine people are dead, including the shooter

  • A bomb was possibly detected in the area

  • VTA employees are among the dead and injured

  • The facility has been evacuated

Special agents from the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were responding to the crime scene, officials said.


Samuel Cassidy’s ex-girlfriend claimed in court documents that “several times during the relationship he became intoxicated, enraged and forced himself on me sexually.”

The San Jose murderer, Samuel Cassidy, was bipolar, and a heavy drinker. His neighbors were afraid of him or unaware of him. At work, he was described as a loner.

People said when he was mad, he was mean, but nice when he wasn’t drunk.

His father, 88-year-old James Edward Cassidy, told The Daily Beast that his son “seemed completely himself” in recent days and didn’t appear to be holding a grudge. “He didn’t talk about his job or politics. I just found out he was dead and his house on fire and all that a minute ago,” he said.

What were his politics? It’s odd that the Beast doesn’t mention what they were.

Where are his social media accounts? Newsweek reported that Cassidy did not appear to have a presence on social media apps such as Facebook and Twitter.

He killed himself after he murdered eight co-workers during a union meeting.

Cassidy made $160,000 a year with overtime.

Following is a video of him leaving his home. He just set fire to it and is leaving with his face mask on — with no one around — his uniform on. Just another workday. Was he drunk or on drugs?


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