California shooter was an “outsider” at work

San Jose, CA (AP) — First, there was a gunshot. Then came a scream. And — silence.

“Hey, what’s wrong? Someone good? What’s happening?” Kirk Beltré called his colleagues at a depot in Northern California Wednesday morning. “It was just creepy.”

Bertret carefully left the barricade office at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose, hoping to be able to provide first aid to those in need. But he found only the corpse.

“No one helped,” said the 64-year-old man, choking.

Massacre The shootings in the San Francisco Bay Area were the worst in decades. 57-year-old VTA employee Gunman Samuel James Cassidy fired and killed in a railroad yard in San Jose Wednesday morning. .. 8 people Before taking a selfie. The ninth victim died in the hospital hours later.

Beltlet, who works in the signal department, said Cassidy had a polite relationship as he passed through the locker rooms and hallways. He described “Sam” as an outsider of the facility, sitting alone, not talking to anyone, and an unfamiliar lone wolf. He appeared to be targeting a particular colleague. Beltré said.

“I understand what helped him. Sam was always outside. He never joined the group. He wasn’t accepted by anyone,” Bertret told The Associated Press on Thursday. Said in an interview. “

Hours after the violence, more parts began to fit together.

Cassidy’s ex-wife was angry and returned from work, resenting what he regarded as an unfair allocation more than a decade ago. Biden administration officials said on condition of authority, 2016 When Mr. Cassidy was detained by a customs officer after visiting the Philippines, he said he hated his workplace.

He was even talking about killing people at work, his ex-wife Cecilia Nerms told The Associated Press.

“I never believed in him, and it never happened. Until now,” shed tears.

Friends and relatives remember the victims as a loving, kind and heroic group, and VTA staff call more than 2,100 employees family members. Beltré criticized the loose security of the facility and said he should have had his own gun to stop Cassidy, but told another story of a man he worked with every day.

“I know some of them. They will keep joking with you and hitting you about something.”

Sheriff Laurie Smith of Santa Clara County said Cassidy seemed to have chosen the target. He told at least one “I won’t shoot you” and fired at the others.

Bertret talked about a similar scenario.

“He was angry with certain people. He was angry and took revenge on certain people. He shot people. He saved others,” he said. “It was very personal.

Authorities do not speculate on any motive other than characterizing Cassidy as “a VTA employee who has been very dissatisfied for many years” on Thursday.

Glenn Hendricks, chairman of the VTA’s board of directors, said Thursday that he was not informed of any tensions between Cassidy and his colleagues.

“VTA is a close family member. I want to leave the investigation to myself,” Hendrix said.

The survey is complicated. It straddles two crime scenes. Cassidy apparently had a device that set fire to his house almost as soon as he began firing. And 100 people working in the railroad yard at the time. There are potential witnesses of.

Cassidy arrived at the railroad yard around 6 am with a duffel bag containing three semi-automatic pistols and 32 large magazines.The exact time when bloodshed began is not clear, but the first 119 call to report an active shooter was at 6:34 am.

“We were sitting in front of the office and we started to hear pops,” Bertret said. Van. Bang Bang Bang. “

He and his colleagues threw a table in front of the door when Beltlet called the facility’s control center while the shooting continued.

A gunshot caused VTA mechanic Rochelle Hawkins to drop his cell phone in a fuss.

“I was running very fast, I just ran for my life,” she said.

One of the victims, Taptejdeep Singh, tried to save his friend before Cassidy aimed his gun.

“I got a call from Taptejdeep and warned me that there was a shooter in Building B and told me to hide or leave immediately,” Sukhvir Singh said.

Sukhvir Singh survived. His friend didn’t.


Dazio reported from Los Angeles and Gecker from San Francisco. Associated Press writer Janie Har contributed from San Francisco.

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