Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office via AP
SAN FRANCISCO — A gunman who killed nine of his colleagues at a railroad yard in California. had accumulated 25,000 rounds of weapons and ammunition at his home. before setting fire to match the workplace bloodshed he had seen for years. Officials said Friday.
Investigators found 12 guns and several cans of oil. and suspected to be a Molotov cocktail at the home of Samuel James Cassidy, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference.
The 57-year-old man’s home cache was set on fire with a slow-burning device. It was on three 9mm pistols he brought Wednesday to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Office in San Jose. officials said He also has 32 high-capacity magazines, some with 12 rounds and 39 shots.
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office via AP
The gun he used to kill his colleague appears to be legal. officials said They didn’t say how he got it. Authorities did not specify the type of gun they found at his home.
The house was filled with flammable materials that delayed the investigation. San Jose Police Officer Steve Aponte said the crew was done on Friday to make sure it was safe before the alley was opened back to the neighbors. The suspect package that investigators found in the attic turned out to be inert batteries and harmless wires, he said.
Cassidy killed himself as sheriff’s deputies rushed into a mass transit train yard in central Silicon Valley. in which he shot and killed nine men between the ages of 29 and 63.
What caused Cassidy to remain under investigation, Aponte said.
As witnesses and Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said: Cassidy seems to be aimed at certain people. The sheriff’s office said Friday that “It is clear that this is a planned event. And the suspect is ready to use his firearm to kill as many people as he can, possibly.”
Taptejdeep Singh, a 36-year-old father to a 3-year-old son and one-year-old daughter, was on the shift as a light rail service worker when the shooting began. He called another transfer worker to warn him. by saying that he must go out or hide
“From what I’ve heard He spent the last part of his life making sure others in the building and elsewhere were able to stay safe,” said colleague Sukhvir Singh, who is not affiliated with Taptejdeep Singh, in a statement.
Singh’s sister-in-law PJ Bath said he was told that Singh was killed after the gunman was found in the stairs.
“He just happened to get in the way, I guess,” Bath said.
Kirk Bertolet, 64, had just started his shift when the gunfire rang out. Then he heard screams. He and his colleagues threw a table in front of the door. And Bertolet called the control center.
Then there was silence.
Bertolet carefully left the blocked office hoping he could provide first aid. He couldn’t. He saw some of his colleagues take one last breath.
Bertolet, a signal maintenance worker who works in a separate unit from Cassidy, said he believed Cassidy was targeting his victims because he hadn’t harmed some of the people he met.
“He got angry with some people, he got angry and took revenge on very specific people, he shot people, he left others alive,” he said.
Glenn Hendricks, chairman of the transport agency’s board of directors, said he had no information about any tensions between Cassidy and a colleague he shot.
Video footage shows Cassidy calmly walking from building to building with a bag full of guns and ammunition to complete the killing. officials said
Cassidy’s ex-wife said he had talked about killing people at work for more than a decade. Cecilia Nelms told The Associated Press he used to come home from work in frustration and anger over what He viewed it as an unfair assignment.
He also spoke of hatred at his workplace when customs detained him after a trip to the Philippines in 2016, a Biden administration official told AP.
Department of Homeland Security records say Cassidy also has a record of how he hated the Valley Transportation Authority. Officials saw the memos and detailed the contents to the AP, but were not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.
The Wall Street Journal reported the first memo.
It did not say why he was stopped by customs officials. It is said that he has a book about But when asked if he had a problem with people at work he said no The memo states that Cassidy has It has a “little criminal record”, citing a 1983 San Jose arrest and a charge of “obstruction/resistance to peace officers”.
San Jose Police said in a statement through Mayor Sam Licardo’s office that they had searched the FBI’s profile on Cassidy. and no federal records of arrests or convictions were found.
“No matter what the detention at the border is. It did not result in an arrest that appeared in the FBI’s criminal record. and has not been reported to SJPD,” the statement said.
Neighbors, acquaintances, and ex-girlfriends describe him as cowardly, unfriendly, and sometimes prone to anger.
Cassidy was hired in 2001, according to shipping agency Bertolet, said Cassidy worked regularly with victims. But he always seems to be an outsider and perhaps can’t afford the rude humor of his coworkers.
“He was never in the group. He had never been accepted by anyone. He was someone who never got involved in what people do,” Bertolet said.
Dazio reports from Los Angeles.