A Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) employee killed nine people on Wednesday (May 26th) at the public transportation company’s site in San Jose, Calif., Police said, the latest example of violence by gun in the United States. The death toll, which stood at eight dead on Wednesday, was updated Thursday after the death of a victim who had been hospitalized in critical condition.
Several people were also injured in the shooting. The suspected gunman, an employee of VTA, which operates public transportation in the area, committed suicide, local sheriff Laurie Smith said. He has been identified as Samuel Cassidy, 57, an employee who worked in maintenance at the site, according to several US media.
The victims, including VTA employees, were found in two buildings on the site, which was evacuated. Authorities dispatched a team of deminers to the scene following reports that explosive devices were inside the building.
Series of shootings
” Enough “, lamented US President Joe Biden, who ordered flags on public buildings to be half-masted. “Once again, I urge Congress to act immediately and heed the will of Americans, which includes a vast majority of gun owners, to end this epidemic of gun violence in America “Mr. Biden said in a statement.
“We have the impression that it repeats itself over and over again”, also regretted the Democratic Governor of California, Gavin Newsom. “Our hearts and love are with the VTA family, the organization and what they had to go through”, declared for his part, very moved, Glenn Hendricks, chairman of the board of directors of the company. “It’s a horrible tragedy that has happened”, he said.
“It is a very dark time for our city and its people, but we have seen how people can stick together in these very difficult times”, said the mayor of San José, Sam Liccardo.
A series of shootings have plagued the United States in recent months, including at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, an office building in California, a supermarket in Boulder (Colorado) and several massage parlors in Atlanta.
Last weekend, twelve people were shot dead and around 50 injured across the country, in a resurgence in gun violence recently described as“Epidemic” by Joe Biden. The US president unveiled measures to limit the proliferation of firearms in the United States in early April. Gun violence is “An international disgrace”, he had said.