A MALE gunman is dead after he killed “multiple” people during a union meeting at a California rail yard moments after allegedly setting his home on fire.

Samuel Cassidy, 57, has been named as the shooter behind the early morning massacre at a Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) yard in San Jose. He was an employee at the yard, police have confirmed.

During a press conference, Santa Clara County Sgt. Russell Davis confirmed that nine people in total had died, and all are believed to be VTA employees.

One of the victims died while being transported to the hospital. Another victim remains in hospital in critical condition.

The station is located near the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office at 101 Younger Avenue.

The shooting was sparked by “a workplace issue”, sources claim, adding that the gunman set fire to his own house before driving to the VTA yard and opening fire.

A number of weapons and “hundreds of rounds of ammunition” were found inside his home, the sources said.

Police were seen responding to an arson call at a nearby home, NBC reported.

Inside, police said they found a stockpile of ammunition but have not yet publicly linked the arson call to the shooting.

San Jose Mayor Liccardo tweeted, “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.

  • ‘BOMB-MAKING MATERIALS’ FOUND AT SHOOTER’S HOME

    “Bomb-making materials” were also found at the home of a VTA employee, authorities told KPIX5.

    The home was reportedly on Angmar Ct in San Jose.

    The outlet said that a fire happened at the home where the explosive materials were found earlier today.

  • AUTHORITIES CONFIRM NINE DEAD AT VTA

    During a press conference, Santa Clara County Sgt. Russell Davis confirmed that nine people in total had died, and all are believed to be VTA employees.

    One of the victims died while being transported to the hospital, while another victim remains at the hospital in critical condition.

    Davis said investigators also believe Cassidy planted explosive devices inside the VTA.

    Sniffer dogs are currently working at the scene, and cops are sweeping the facility “room by room.”

    The VTA light rail yard reportedly has 2,100 employees, however, it is unclear how many people were on-site at the time.

  • SHOOTER SET FIRE TO HIS OWN HOUSE BEFORE KILLING EIGHT

    Samuel Cassidy set fire to his own house before driving to the VTA yard and opening fire, killing eight people and then himself.

    Police said Cassidy killed himself after carrying out the shooting. Officers did not exchange gunfire with him.

    Santa Clara County Sgt. Russell Davis said Cassidy turned his gun on himself “when he realized deputies were in the building.”

    Police have not yet publicly linked the arson call to the shooting.

  • EIGHT DEAD AT THE HANDS OF ‘LONG TIME’ VTA EMPLOYEE

    Samuel Cassidy was identified as the gunman behind the early morning massacre at a VTA yard in San Jose on May 26.

    Cassidy was reportedly a “long time” employee at the yard, police have confirmed.

    The shooting was sparked by “a workplace issue”, officials claimed.

    he Associated Press reported Cassidy had been employed by VTA since at least 2012. His position was listed as a substation maintainer.

    KTVU reported he did not have a criminal background history in Santa Clara County but had a few traffic violations.

  • SAN JOSE SHARKS ISSUE STATEMENT

    The city’s NHL team the San Jose Sharks shared their condolences following the shooting.

    “We are saddened and sickened after this morning’s violence in our home of San Jose. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the victims, their families and the Valley Transportation Authority.

    “Thank you to our community heroes who responded quickly to the scene.”

  • SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS SHARE STATEMENT ON SHOOTING

    The NFL team, which is located are located just one hour away from the city of San Jose, have issued a statement following the mass shooting.

    “We are saddened to learn about the horrific event in San Jose. Violence has no place in our community.

    “Our thoughts are with the victims and those affected by this tragedy.

    “We offer our thanks to the first responders and our condolences and support to the families of the victims.”

  • SHOOTER’S WEAPON REMAINS UNKNOWN

    Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis said the attack also resulted in “multiple major injuries.”

    He did not know the type of weapon used.

    He said the victims included VTA employees. Authorities did not release any of the victims’ names.

  • SHOOTER’S ESTRANGED WIFE DIVORCED HIM OVER A DECADE AGO

    Samuel Cassidy’s ex-wife told KTVU that the pair divorced in 2009 after 10 years of marriage.

    However, she said she has not been in contact with him for the last decade.

    The reporter also claimed that Cassidy had previous traffic violations.

  • BOMB DISPOSAL BOTS SEEN AT GUNMAN’S HOME

    A bomb disposal robot with the San Jose Police Department was pictured outside of Cassidy’s home on Wednesday afternooon.

    An image of the bot was captured by reporter Damian Trujillo and posted to Twitter.

    Inside the home, police found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a number of weapons, and a gasoline canister.

  • CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR CALLS FOR GUN CONTROL

    In a press conference from San Jose, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for gun control reform.

    Newsom said he spoke with the families of potential victims who were making panicked phone calls to see if their loved ones are still alive.

    “The heroism of those victims, the fact that they can even stand up and support one another, is remarkable,” Newsom said.

    He later took to Twitter to call on elected officials to pass gun control measures.

    “Time to move past the stale rhetoric of thoughts & prayers & pass commonsense gun laws NATIONWIDE,” he tweeted.

  • BIDEN URGES GUN CONTROL AFTER SHOOTING

    In a statement, President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass gun law reformation in the wake of the San Jose shooting.

    “Once again, I urge Congress to take immediate action and heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end this epidemic of gun violence in America,” Biden said.

    “Every life that is taken by a bullet pierces the soul of our nation. We can, and we must, do more.”

  • GUNMAN’S MOTIVE REMAINS UNKNOWN AS FAMILY SPEAKS OUT

    Samuel Cassidy, 57, killed eight people and then himself during a union meeting at Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) yard in San Jose, California.

    He was an employee at the yard, though his motive for the shooting remains unknown, police said. Cassidy committed the mass shooting after allegedly setting fire to his home.

    His father, 88-year-old James Cassidy, told The Daily Beast that his son “seemed completely himself” in the days leading up to the shooting.

    “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.

    “It’s really…. I really, really don’t want to… I guess I have to just kind of absorb it all myself. I don’t really have any information anyway, so… sorry.”

  • “BOMB-MAKING MATERIALS FOUND AT HOME

    “Bomb-making materials” were also found at the home of a VTA employee, authorities told KPIX5.

    The home was reportedly on Angmar Ct in San Jose.

    The outlet said that a fire happened at the home where the explosive materials were found earlier today.

  • VTA TRAINS WERE OUT WHEN THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE

    VTA trains were already out on morning runs when the shooting occurred.

    Light rail service was to be suspended at noon and replaced with bus bridges, agency Chairman Glenn Hendricks told a news conference.

    “It’s just very difficult for everyone to be able try to wrap their heads around and understand what has happened,” Hendricks said.

  • GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM ARRIVES IN SAN JOSE

    The governor’s spokesperson confirmed to the media that he has arrived in San Jose following the attack.

    He is reportedly being briefed by labor and law enforcement on the incident.

    The White House is also in contact with local officials regarding the shooting.

  • SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS SHARE STATEMENT

    The NFL team, which is located are located just one hour away from the city of San Jose, have issued a statement following the mass shooting.

    “We are saddened to learn about the horrific event in San Jose. Violence has no place in our community.

    “Our thoughts are with the victims and those affected by this tragedy.

    “We offer our thanks to the first responders and our condolences and support to the families of the victims.”

  • WEAPON USED REMAINS UNKNOWN

    Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis said the attack also resulted in “multiple major injuries.”

    He did not know the type of weapon used.

    He said the victims included VTA employees. Authorities did not release any of the victims’ names.

  • SAN JOSE SHARKS ISSUE STATEMENT

    The city’s NHL team the San Jose Sharks shared their condolences following the shooting.

    “We are saddened and sickened after this morning’s violence in our home of San Jose. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the victims, their families and the Valley Transportation Authority.

    “Thank you to our community heroes who responded quickly to the scene.”

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS BEEN BRIEFED ON MASS SHOOTING

    President Joe Biden has been been briefed on the San Jose shooting, according to a White House official.

    “The White House continues to monitor the situation and remains in close contact with local officials to offer any assistance as needed,” a statement read.

    CNN reported that his homeland security adviser, Liz Sherwood-Randall, filled him in on the situation.

  • EX-WIFE HASN’T SPOKEN TO HIM IN A DECADE

    Samuel Cassidy’s ex-wife told KTVU that the pair divorced in 2009 after 10 years of marriage.

    However, she said she has not been in contact with him for the last decade.

    The reporter also claimed that Cassidy had previous traffic violations.

  • WHITE HOUSE ‘MONITORING SITUATION’

    Principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday that the White House is “monitoring the situation in San Jose.”

    Jean-Pierre didn’t confirm whether Biden had been directly briefed on the matter.

    “The White House is monitoring the situation and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” she said,

    “I know local officials have addressed this publicly, and there is an ongoing investigation as we all know. We will continue to stay in close contact with them and offer any assistance as needed.”

    She said that while all the details of the shooting are not yet known, it’s the latest example of what the President has called an “epidemic of gun violence.”

    “We still don’t know all of the details, but what’s clear, as the President has said, is that we are suffering from an epidemic of gun violence in this country, both in mass shootings and in the lives that are being taken in daily gun violence that doesn’t make national headlines.”

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  • SHOOTER’S DAD: ‘HE SEEMED COMPLETELY HIMSELF’

    Samuel Cassidy’s father, 88-year-old James Edward Cassidy, told the Daily Beast he has been left completely shocked by his son’s massacre.

    He said his son, 57, “seemed completely himself” in the days leading up to the shooting.

    “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.

    “It’s really…. I really, really don’t want to… I guess I have to just kind of absorb it all myself. I don’t really have any information anyway, so… sorry. ”

  • BOMB DISPOSAL BOTS SEEN AT GUNMAN’S HOME

    A bomb disposal robot with the San Jose Police Department was pictured outside of Cassidy’s home on Wednesday afternooon.

    An image of the bot was captured by reporter Damian Trujillo and posted to Twitter.

    Inside the home, police found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a number of weapons, and a gasoline canister.

  • ONE VICTIM IN CRITICAL CONDITION

    During a press conference, Santa Clara County Sgt. Russell Davis confirmed that nine people in total had died, and all are believed to be VTA employees.

    One of the victims died while being transported to the hospital. Another victim remains in hospital in critical condition.

    Police said Cassidy killed himself after carrying out the shooting. It’s unclear whether he was fired upon by officers.

  • BOMB SQUAD AT CASSIDY’S HOME

    Multiple San Jose Police units and members of the media converged on a South San Jose home associated with Samuel Cassidy this morning.

    Bomb squads with the San Jose Police Department and FBI were observed arriving on the scene and entering the property.

    Law enforcement sources said Cassidy set fire to his home before driving to the VTA yard and opening fire.

    Authorities are also searching for explosives at the the scene of the shooting.