The attacker targeted some people and let others go. San Jose City Councilman Raul Peralejo regretted the incident, saying that Rudometkin, who was killed in the attack, was his friend.
Firing in california
Transit Worker Kills Co-Workers in US: Eight people have been identified as killed in a shootout a day earlier at the state rail yard in California, USA. On Wednesday, an employee of the railroad opened fire, killing eight people. After that the employee committed suicide (Rail Yard Shooting). Incidents of mass murder have increased significantly this year in the US, which is suffering from the global epidemic of corona virus.
The firing took place in two buildings of the ‘Valley Transport Authority’ (VTA) at around 6.30 am on Wednesday. VTA provides bus, light rail and other transit services in Santa Clara County. The county is the largest in the Bay Area and is the only Silicon Valley (California Shooting Incident). Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said, “When our officers arrived at the scene, he was firing bullets.” Later he took his own life. Most of the dead were employed in the transit agency for a long time.
Identification of dead
The coroner’s office in Santa Clara County identified the dead as Paul Megia (42), Tapatejadeep Singh (36), Adrian Balleja (29), Jose DeGesas Hernandez (35), Timothy Michael Romo (49), Michael Joseph Rudometkin (40), Abdulwahab as Alagamandan (63) and Lars Kepelper Lane (63). The condition of a person injured in the incident remains critical (Death Toll in US Shooting). These people were working as bus and light rail operators, mechanics, linemen and assistant superintendents.
Targeted some people
Bagga Singh, brother of Tapatejdeep Singh’s relationship, said that Singh had been working as a light train driver for the last eight or nine years (US San Jose California Public Transit Rail Yard Shooting). He has a wife and two small children. Bagga said, “We have heard that he killed people selectively, but I do not understand why he killed him, because Tapatejdip had nothing to do with him.” He said that he was told that the attacker targeted some people and let others go.
The attacker was 57 years old
San Jose City Councilman Raul Peralejo regretted the incident, saying that Rudometkin, who was killed in the attack, was his close friend. Two law enforcement officials said the attacker has been identified as 57-year-old Som Cassidy. Cassidy was employed at the VTA since 2012. Investigators did not explain why Cassidy carried out the attack (Public Transit Rail Yard Shooting). A sheriff’s spokesperson said that in the wake of the possibility of explosive devices in the railway premises, bomb disposal squads are conducting searches there.
Incident during the meeting
District Attorney Jeff Rosen said the shooting incident probably occurred during a meeting. Cassidy’s ex-wife Cecilia Nelms told ‘The Associated Press’ that Cassidy was of an angry nature and was also treated for being depressed. He told that Cassidy used to tell him that he wants to kill those who work at the workplace. Nelms said, “I never believed her.” California Governor Gavin Newsom expressed deep condolences over the incident.
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