A gunman opened fire at a public transit rail yard in San Jose, California, killing at least 8 people and wounding others. VTA employees were among the victims. The shooting took place at a light rail facility that is next door to the sheriff’s department headquarters and across a freeway from the airport. VTA Board Chairperson Glenn Hendricks said the shooting occurred in the rail yard , where the VTA vehicles are maintained and dispatched. The VTA is a public transit service that operates bus and light rail services in the Santa Clara Valley and employs about 2,000 workers.The incident occurred Wednesday morning. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies, fire personnel and San Jose Police responded to the initial shooting in the area of Younger Avenue and San Pedro Street. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and from the Federal Bureau of Investigation also responded to the crime scene. The male suspect, an employee of the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), is dead. He took his own life. No motive is known for the shooting.
The bomb squad investigated information about explosive devices inside the transit building. “This is a horrific day for our city, it’s a tragic day for our VTA family,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said. “The White House is monitoring the situation, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. The president of the Amalgamated Transit Union International, a labor union that represents transit workers, said the union is “shocked and deeply saddened” by the mass shooting.