A gunman who killed 9 co-workers at a Northern California rail yard shot himself twice within the head as sheriff’s deputies raced right into a constructing, in response to authorities who on Tuesday launched body-camera footage of the tense encounter.
The practically 4 1/2 minutes of footage is from one deputy who arrived minutes after the primary capturing studies and whereas pictures have been nonetheless being fired on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus and rail yard in San Jose, the place 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy opened fireplace earlier than killing himself.
A “contact crew” of deputies and San Jose cops was instantly shaped to search out the gunman, who was reported to be inside a constructing and armed with a handgun. The physique digicam footage reveals the crew cautiously climbing stairs to the third flooring, the place a VTA supervisor comes out with arms raised and fingers over his keycard so officers can get contained in the constructing.
The five-member crew then sweeps into the constructing, weapons raised, utilizing gun-mounted flashlights as they cross via rooms and corridors to a dispatch middle.
Inside minutes, they hear a gunshot, then one other, adopted by two extra. As they arrive to a different door, one of many crew seems to be via a small window and says: “I’ve received someone down” inside. The crew opens the door and someone shouts “Let me see your fingers!”
What could be two extra pictures are heard.
The footage reveals a person slumped in a chair close to a stairwell with a gun in his hand. He’s throughout from a dispatch middle door with a window shattered by gunfire.
The gunman had shot himself below the chin then put the gun to the aspect of his head, the sheriff stated.
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It wasn’t clear whether or not Cassidy knew that legislation enforcement officers have been closing in on him or not, however he might have seen their flashlights and heard them yelling to one another as they decided the place the shooter and victims have been as they moved via the constructing, Smith stated.
Smith stated her workplace used an lively shooter protocol advocated by a lieutenant who had been in Colorado through the 1999 Columbine college mass capturing there. Smith stated legislation enforcement had been coaching collectively.
The deputies and officers “hardly spoke a phrase to one another” after they entered the constructing as a result of “they knew what their job was,” she stated, including that they confirmed extraordinary braveness.
“There have been over 100 VTA staff on website that morning, and I imagine the bravery of all of legislation enforcement personnel actually prevented the lack of extra life,” she stated.
A VTA spokeswoman instructed the Mercury Information in San Jose that it could take weeks or months to renew service on the commuter rail line. The Guadalupe Yard operates because the nerve middle of the sunshine rail community and is now a criminal offense scene below sheriff’s division management. Spokeswoman Stacey Hendler Ross stated the company is concentrated on supporting traumatized staff who misplaced colleagues.
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The footage was launched as a brand new FBI report finds that California had essentially the most mass capturing incidents within the final 20 years, a determine that aligns with its inhabitants, the report discovered. It additionally got here as an off-duty Los Angeles County firefighter fatally shot and killed one colleague and injured one other earlier than taking his personal life.
The sheriff stated investigators have been nonetheless making an attempt to find out the motive for the shootings, though acquaintances and his ex-wife stated Cassidy had talked about hating his job a minimum of a decade in the past and had an indignant and unpredictable streak.
“We’re starting to piece issues collectively. However we’ve talked with tons of of witnesses,” Smith stated.
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