San Jose shooting: Employees among 'multiple casualties', sheriff says
Category: News & PoliticsVia: john-russell • 3 weeks ago • 57 comments
By: David K. Li and Matthew Mulligan (MSN)
Gunfire erupted at a Northern California rail yard on Wednesday, leading to "multiple fatalities" of public transit workers before the suspected shooter died, authorities said.
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Calls of shots fired came about 6:34 a.m. PT near 100 W. Younger Ave. in San Jose, drawing a large law enforcement response, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said.
"There are multiple injuries and multiple fatalities in this case," sheriff's spokesman Russell Davis told reporters at the scene. "The suspect is confirmed deceased."
Davis did not say how the shooter died or specify how many were injured and killed.
Citing an "active shooter," deputies told the public at 7:12 a.m. PT to steer clear of the downtown San Jose neighborhood, about 50 miles south of downtown San Francisco.
Less than an hour later, the sheriff's department reported the shooter was down.
"Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement. "The shooter is deceased, and more information will be provided."
The Younger Avenue address is a light rail yard of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), which provides rail, bus and various shuttle services to the booming Bay Area suburb and technology hub.
Davis called the shooting scene a VTA "control center" which is a "hub that stores multiple VTA trains and a maintenance yard as well."
The VTA confirmed that a shooting occurred, leading to "multiple casualties" and a "suspect deceased." The transit agency added that service was "not impacted."
The area is also in the center of regional law enforcement operations, as the rail yard is within a half-mile of San Jose Police Department, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney headquarters.