California transit worker kills 8, extending U.S. epidemic of mass shootings

Police and ambulance on site at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in California after a shooting

San Jose, a city with about 1 million residents, lies at the heart of Silicon Valley, a global centre of technological innovation and home of some of America's biggest tech companies.

"I was just shocked because I didn't expect him to do that", she added.

President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting, and his staff continued to monitor the situation while keeping in close contact with local officials to offer any assistance needed, the White House said.

"He just thought that some people got more easy-going things at work, and he'd get the harder jobs", she said.

Eight of the victims died at the scene: Paul Delacruz Megia, Taptejdeep Singh, Adrian Balleza, Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, Timothy Michael Romo, Michael Joseph Rudometkin, Abdolvahab Alaghmandan and Lars Kepler Lane.

The County of Santa Clara medical examiner-coroner's office identified victims late on Wednesday.

'There is a sameness to this and that numbness, I think, is something that we are all feeling, ' Newsom said.

The president said he has "the solemn duty of yet again of ordering the flag to be lowered at half-staff, only weeks after doing so following the mass shootings at spas in and around Atlanta, in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, at a home in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana".

It wasn't immediately clear whether he had obtained the guns legally.

In court documents, an ex-girlfriend described Cassidy as volatile and violent, with major mood swings because of bipolar disorder that became worse when he drank heavily.

The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they have been sexually assaulted.

The woman, who was 45 when the documents were filed in March 2009, said that Cassidy raped her in September 2008, the Chronicle reported.

Cassidy had worked for the transit authority since at least 2012, when he was listed as an "electro-mechanic, ' and was promoted to 'substation maintainer" in 2015, according to records posted by the nonprofit website Transportation California.

Inside, police said they found a stockpile of ammunition but have not yet publicly linked the arson call to the shooting. Public records show Cassidy owned the two-story home where firefighters responded after being notified by a passerby.

Doug Suh, who lives across the street, told The Mercury News in San Jose that Cassidy seemed "strange" and that he never saw anyone visit. Once, Cassidy yelled at him to stay away as he was backing up his vehicle.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the suspect, who was employed by Santa Clara's Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), took his own life before law enforcement officials were able to react to the scene.

It also was Santa Clara County's second mass shooting in less than two years.

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