Wednesday, May 26, 2021

San Jose shooting leaves 8 dead, deceased suspect identified; White House monitoring rail yard incident

A shooting at a rail yard in San Jose, California, early Wednesday left eight people dead, not including the suspect, who was also declared deceased after taking his own life, authorities confirmed. 

The suspect was identified as Samuel Cassidy, who was an employee at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), where the incident took place, according to authorities. No motive is known for the shooting at this time. 

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis said several explosive devices were found inside a building at the VTA control center. A bomb squad is at the scene and there is no present danger to the community, he said. 

An investigation is also underway of an arson at what is believed to be the nearby home of the suspect. FBI agents and the San Jose Fire Department were at the second scene. Authorities say the house caught fire before the shooting at the VTA. 

In Washington, D.C., principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the White House will continue to stay in close contact with local officials in San Jose, before using the shooting as an opportunity to call for Congress to strengthen background checks.

"The White House is monitoring the situation, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families," Jean-Pierre said. "We still don't have all the details, but what is 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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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Will this mass murder have media coverage that follows the same pattern as that seen in the Columbine massacre? To wit, that the media focused loudly on the several illegal weapons used at Columbine as a way to advance gun control but almost totally ignored the 99 explosive devices that were illegal to even construct let alone possess. This was because the media has no progressive narrative to advance in banning bombs. Will we see the explosive devices used in the current massacre also be flushed down the memory hole?