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SAN FRANCISCO – Authorities said the gunman who killed nine of his co-workers on a California railroad yard stored weapons and 25,000 rounds of ammunition in his home before setting it on fire to coincide with the bloodshed at the workplace he seized years ago. Friday.
The Santa Clara County Police Office said in a press release that investigators found 12 suspected rifles, several petrol cans and Molotov cocktails at the home of Samuel James Cassidy.
Authorities said the stash in the house the 57-year-old had burned with a slow-burning device was on top of three 9mm pistols he brought Wednesday to the Transportation Authority in Santa Clara Valley in San Jose. He also had 32 stores of high capacity, some of which had 12 rounds, and fired 39 rounds.
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Officials said the weapons he used to kill his co-workers appeared to be legal. They didn’t say how he got it. Officials did not specify what kind of rifles they found in his home.
Steve Aponte, a San Jose Police officer, said the house was full of flammable materials slowing the investigation. Crews finished combing it on Friday to make sure it was safe before the impasse was opened to neighbors. He said that a suspicious package that investigators found in the attic turned out to be inert batteries and wires.
Cassidy himself killed when deputy sheriffs rushed into the Trans-Railroad yard in the heart of Silicon Valley, shooting and killing nine men between the ages of 29 and 63.
Uponte said the investigation into the matter that released Cassidy is still under investigation.
While witnesses and Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said Cassidy appeared to target specific people, the mayor’s office said Friday that “it was clear that this was a planned event and that the suspect was prepared to use his firearms to claim as many lives as possible. Maybe it could.” .
Tabegdeep Singh, a 36-year-old father of a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter, was on an early shift as a light rail operator when the shooting started. He called another crossing employee to warn him, saying he needed to get out or go into hiding.
“From what I heard, he spent the last moments of his life making sure that others – in the building and anywhere else – could stay safe,” said Sukhvir Singh, a co-worker, who has nothing to do with Tabtegdeep Singh. The current situation.
Singh’s brother-in-law, PJ Bath, said he was informed that Singh was killed after he encountered the gunman at the stairwell.
“He was on the way, I think,” said Bath.
Kirk Bertolet, 64, was just starting his shift when she heard the shots, then heard the shouting. He and his colleagues threw a table in front of their door, and Bertolet called the control center.
Then there was silence.
Cautiously, Bertolet left the bunker office, hoping he could provide first aid. He couldn’t. He saw some of his co-workers taking their last breaths.
Bertolet, a signal maintenance worker who worked in a unit separate from Cassidy, said he was convinced Cassidy targeted his victims, because he did not harm some of the people he met.
He said, “He was angry at some people. He was angry, and took revenge on very specific people. He shot people. He allowed others to live.”
Glyn Hendricks, chairman of the Transportation Authority, said he had no information about any tensions between Cassidy and the co-workers he shot.
Authorities said video footage showed Cassidy walking quietly from building to building with a duffel bag filled with rifles and ammunition to complete the massacre.
Cassidy’s ex-wife said he has talked about killing people at work over a decade ago. Cecilia Nelson told The Associated Press that he used to come home from work furious and angry at what he saw as unfair tasks.
He also spoke of hating his workplace when customs officers detained him after a trip to the Philippines in 2016, a Biden administration official told the AP.
The Department of Homeland Security memo stated that Cassidy also had notes about his dislike of the Valley Transportation Authority, according to the official. The official viewed the memo and detailed its contents to the AP, but was not permitted to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation.
The Wall Street Journal first published the memo.
He doesn’t say why customs officers stopped him. She said he has books on “Terror, Fear, and Data,” but when asked if he had problems with people at work, he said no. The memo notes that Cassidy had a “minor criminal history,” citing the 1983 arrest in San Jose and charges of “misdemeanor obstruction / resistance to a peace officer.”
San Jose Police said in a statement via Mayor Sam Licardo’s office that they sought the FBI’s history of Cassidy and found no record of federal arrests or convictions.
“Whatever this arrest was at the border, it did not lead to an arrest that appeared in its criminal history for the FBI, and it was not reported to SJPD,” the statement said.
Neighbors, acquaintances, and his ex-girlfriend described him as lonely, unfriendly, and prone to tantrums at times.
Cassidy was appointed in 2001, according to the Transit Authority. Bertolet said that Cassidy worked regularly with the victims, but he always looked like a stranger, and he probably couldn’t stand the cruel humor of his colleagues.
Bertolet said, “He was never in the group. He was never accepted by anyone there. He was always that guy who had never been involved in anything people did.”
Dazio reported from Los Angeles.