2021 San Jose shooting

On May 26, 2021, a mass shooting occurred at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) rail yard in San Jose, California, United States. A gunman killed nine people and then committed suicide, for a total of ten deaths. The gunman was 57-year-old VTA employee Samuel James Cassidy.[1][4] It is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the San Francisco Bay Area.[5]

2021 San Jose shooting
Part of mass shootings in the United States
VTA railyard after 2021 San Jose shooting 04.jpg
Sheriff's deputies block access to the VTA Guadalupe Division yard a day after the shooting took place.
Location101 West Younger Avenue
San Jose, California
United States
Coordinates37°21′15″N 121°54′30″W / 37.35417°N 121.90833°W / 37.35417; -121.90833Coordinates: 37°21′15″N 121°54′30″W / 37.35417°N 121.90833°W / 37.35417; -121.90833
DateMay 26, 2021 (2021-05-26)
c. 6:30[1] – 6:43 a.m.[2] (PDT)
TargetStaff at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority facility
Attack type
Mass shooting, mass murder, murder–suicide, workplace shooting, arson
WeaponsThree semiautomatic handguns[3]
Deaths10 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorSamuel James Cassidy

As a result of the shooting, service throughout the VTA light rail system was suspended for months.[6] The city announced and later passed a package of policy proposals intended to curb gun violence, including unprecedented liability insurance and compensation fee requirements for gun owners.[7]

BackgroundEdit

The VTA is a public transportation agency that operates bus and light rail services throughout Santa Clara County and employs about 2,000 workers.[8] The shooting took place at the VTA's Guadalupe Division facility, which is located in the Civic Center neighborhood of San Jose, near the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and San Jose Police Department headquarters. The facility consists of five separate buildings, including the control center for bus and rail operations, surrounding the agency's light rail vehicle storage and maintenance yard.[9][10] A total of 379 VTA employees were employed at the yard.[11]

California's gun laws are among the strictest in the country.[12] In 2013, the state banned the sale of magazines holding more than ten rounds. In 2016, voters passed Proposition 63, which banned possession of them as well. However, a U.S. district court struck down the ban in March 2019 before a stay of the injunction was issued pending appeal, subsequently leaving open a brief window in which it was legal to purchase the high-capacity magazines.[13][14] California has also adopted a red flag law that enables law enforcement authorities to seize a person's firearms based on a gun violence restraining order. In 2019, 122 such restraining orders were requested in Santa Clara County.[15]

EventsEdit

Shooting and house arsonEdit

The gunman left his house at 5:39 a.m. PDT (UTC−07) the day of the shooting, having set it on fire. No one was inside the residence at the time.[16][17][18] According to police, he coordinated the fire with the shooting and ignited it by placing ammunition inside a pot on his stove, surrounding the pot with accelerants, and then turning on the stove.[19]

 
Building A at the VTA Guadalupe Division yard, where some of the victims were shot[20]

At 6:33 a.m. the San Jose Fire Department received a call to respond to the VTA facility, though the first caller did not mention anything about an active shooter incident, according to dispatch audio.[21] A minute later, Santa Clara County authorities received 9-1-1 calls about shots being fired at the VTA facility. Sheriff's deputies and police officers responded from their nearby offices.[8][9] When they arrived at 6:35 a.m., they found multiple people shot.[2][16]

The shooting occurred in two separate buildings at the maintenance yard during the busiest time of day: a shift change in which employees from the overnight and morning shifts overlapped.[5] Over 100 people were at the facility at the time of the shooting, according to the sheriff.[22] The shooting began in a conference room in Building B, on the western side of the yard, during a power crew meeting with the local Amalgamated Transit Union president, who was spared. The gunman then walked over to Building A on the eastern side, where he continued firing.[21][23][24] Police and witnesses later said the gunman targeted some of his victims and spared others from being shot.[23][25]

At 6:36 a.m., the fire at the gunman's house was first reported by a passerby. Two minutes later, the fire department responded to the home in South San Jose, about eight miles (13 kilometers) away from the VTA facility, and discovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a gas can there.[26] The house sustained heavy damage from the fire, with the second floor collapsing from the heat of the blaze.[19][27]

At the same time the house fire was reported, the fire department received another call confirming there was an active shooter at the facility.[21] At 6:38 a.m., responding officers heard more shots being fired.[2] About ten minutes after the first 9-1-1 calls were received, dispatchers reported the final sounds of gunshots.[21] At 6:43 a.m., officers closed in on the gunman as he killed himself on the third floor of Building A, between administrative offices and the operations control room.[2][8][16][28] According to the sheriff on June 1, the gunman shot himself twice: first under the chin, then in the side of the head.[24][29]

Immediate aftermathEdit

At 7:12 a.m., the sheriff's office instructed the public to stay away from the vicinity of the facility.[5][16][25] At 8:08 a.m., the gunman was confirmed to be down. A total of 39 rounds were fired from three semiautomatic handguns, which were equipped with 32 high-capacity magazines—some with 12 rounds and others with 15.[9][16][21]

About 40 people were rescued from the area by law enforcement.[16] Police received reports of explosive devices inside the building, prompting a bomb squad to investigate.[8] A locker belonging to the gunman was found to contain suspected materials for bombs and detonator cords,[16] which were later deemed not to be dangerous.[9] Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded.[1] The FBI led the shooting site investigation, which concluded on May 31.[6]

Sheriff's deputies searched the gunman's house for three days, finding a total of 12 guns, 25,000 rounds of ammunition, and a dozen Molotov cocktails. As a precaution, bomb technicians also detonated a suspicious device at the house, using a specialized containing device that prevents the spread of shrapnel, but it turned out to be inert.[18]

VictimsEdit

There were ten fatalities in the shooting, including Cassidy. All were VTA employees.[26] Their ages ranged from 29 to 63 years old, and many of them were longtime employees.[25][30] Two of the victims were rushed to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in critical condition, but one was declared dead upon arrival and the other died later that day.[5][31] Six of the victims died in Building B, while the other three died at Building A.[24] Before their deaths, some of the victims had led coworkers to safety.[23]

It was the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the Bay Area, exceeding the death toll of the 101 California Street shooting that occurred at a law firm in San Francisco in 1993, in which nine people including the gunman were killed.[32][33][34]

In August 2021, a railyard employee who had witnessed the shooting died by suicide on his first day back to work following the shooting.[35]

PerpetratorEdit

Police identified the gunman as 57-year-old VTA employee Samuel James Cassidy.[36][37] He had been employed at the VTA since 2001; for his first two years, he was an electro-mechanic, and he was eventually promoted to a substation maintainer position in 2014.[38][39]

Cassidy owned numerous registered firearms, including shotguns and long rifles. He used three semiautomatic handguns in the shooting, which were legally obtained.[9] It was unclear if he also legally owned the high-capacity magazines used in the shooting; they are prohibited in California unless they were obtained before January 1, 2000, and the buyer was not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms. Cassidy had a "minor criminal history" and was charged in 1983 with misdemeanor obstruction for resisting a peace officer.[17]

Possible motivesEdit

Cassidy's ex-wife, who had been married to him for ten years before their divorce in 2005, described him as having anger issues and often being angry at his co-workers and at the VTA for what he believed to be its unfair work assignments.[38] She also said that he had talked about killing people at his workplace more than a decade ago.[17]

According to an initial review by the VTA, Cassidy had a pattern of insubordination and had gotten into verbal altercations with coworkers on at least four separate occasions. Though the incidents were elevated to management and he faced disciplinary action, he had never been formally disciplined for any of them, and managers even defended his work.[39][40][41] According to coworkers, Cassidy was angered over a change in policy that ended cash payouts for unused vacation days and, in April 2021, aired his grievances over the radio communication system for light rail operators.[42] Cassidy's sister said that she suspected something happened at work on May 25 that motivated her brother to commit the shooting the day after.[27]

2016 detainmentEdit

An August 2016 memo by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) described how, after taking a trip to the Philippines, Cassidy was detained by officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for a secondary inspection. They subsequently found books about terrorism in his possession, along with a memo book filled with notes about his hatred of the VTA. He was asked whether he had problems with anyone at his workplace, and he said he did not. According to a DHS official, Cassidy was detained by the officers partly because of red flags regarding sex tourism, but nothing relating to sex tourism was found, and the detention did not result in an arrest or apparently any follow-up action.[3][17][19]

A CBP report on the encounter, released in July 2021, revealed Cassidy had harbored "dark thoughts about harming" two specific people, whose names were redacted from the report; it is unclear if they were connected to VTA or among the shooting victims. However, the CBP agents apparently prioritized sex tourism in their questioning of Cassidy, noting "sex friendly" hotels that were mentioned in his writings and his text messages with women in the Philippines.[43]

San Jose officials later said the authorities were not informed of the detainment by federal officials.[19][44] John Sandweg, the former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said that there is no procedure for customs officials to alert local law enforcement agencies about a U.S. citizen detained as a safety threat. Santa Clara County district attorney Jeffrey F. Rosen said that, had his office been alerted about Cassidy's detainment, they would have had enough evidence to obtain a gun violence restraining order and seize his weapons.[15]

Aftermath and reactionsEdit

Memorials and victim assistance effortsEdit

 
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo observes a moment of silence during a vigil for the victims of the shooting.
 
Protesters at the May 26 vigil

A hotline was set up for VTA employees and family members for additional information about the shooting and the victims.[10] The VTA also announced plans to help survivors and victims' families and partner with them on erecting a public memorial to the victims.[45] Some employees criticized the VTA's efforts to help them after the shooting; they claimed the Authority did not actually care for them and attributed the assistance efforts to the local Amalgamated Transit Union instead.[46]

Mayor Sam Liccardo said it was a "horrific day" for the city and the VTA, and he expressed his condolences to the victims and their families. He also emphasized that VTA employees have been essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.[47] President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both urged Congress to take action on gun control legislation. Biden ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff and called the shooting a "horrific tragedy".[48] Governor Gavin Newsom made similar remarks during a visit to San Jose.[5]

The day after the shooting, a vigil was held outside San Jose City Hall and attended by hundreds, including the victims' families and many VTA employees, who were dressed in their work attire.[49] On June 22, the San Jose City Council made plans to introduce a resolution commemorating the victims' lives.[50]

On June 28, the California State Legislature included $20 million allocated to the VTA in the state budget, as part of an effort to help it recover from the shooting. The funds are intended to help the VTA "provide mental health resources to employees and their families, resume light rail service and improve safety upgrades at the Guadalupe Rail Yard", where the shooting took place.[51]

VTA service interruptions and repairsEdit

 
A sign indicating the indefinite suspension of service throughout the VTA light rail system.

VTA light rail service was suspended on the day of the shooting and replaced by a bus bridge.[52][53] Due to a staffing shortage and the inaccessibility of the facility where the shooting occurred, the VTA discontinued the bus bridge on June 1 in favor of regular bus routes and confirmed that light rail service would be suspended indefinitely.[6][54] As a form of mutual aid, the San Francisco Municipal Railway, Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans, AC Transit, and the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District sent from 20 to 30 buses daily to Santa Clara County to supplement bus service while VTA workers attended funeral services for the victims.[55]

The VTA resumed limited passenger service in stages throughout August and September. On August 2, a free bus bridge began serving portions of the Blue and Orange lines between Paseo de San Antonio and Milpitas stations.[56] On August 29, light rail service returned to the Orange Line and part of the Green Line.[57] On September 2, service along the Green and Blue lines was extended southward through downtown San Jose.[58] The remainder of the Blue Line was restored on September 12,[59] followed by the Green Line south of downtown on September 18.[60]

The shooting caused significant damage to light rail operation and control equipment. Since the shooting, bus operations were relocated to a temporary facility as the VTA took steps to restore light rail service,[61] including retraining and recertifying drivers and giving operators tours of the Guadalupe yard.[62] The agency has not yet decided whether to remodel, or demolish and rebuild the buildings damaged during the shooting. It was expected to operate out of temporary facilities for three to five years.[63][64]

Investigations and legal proceedingsEdit

As of December 2021, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and an outside law firm retained by the VTA are both conducting investigations into the shooting. A case is open in probate court regarding Cassidy's estate, including the home he set on fire. The families of at least seven of the victims plan to file a lawsuit in 2022.[65]

Changes to San Jose's gun lawsEdit

On June 8, Liccardo and four city councilmembers announced ten harm reduction policy proposals intended to curb gun violence in the city, including two policies that would be the first of any city or state in the country: gun owners would be required to carry liability insurance and pay an annual fee to compensate the city for the emergency response and other public costs associated with unintentional gun-related death, injuries, or property damage.[7][66] A gun buyback program was also proposed.[67] Some of these proposals had originally been put forward in 2019 after the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, the previous mass shooting to occur in Santa Clara County, but they were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[68] The liability insurance and annual fee policies were criticized by the executive director of Gun Owners of California, who said California's preemption laws gave the city no authority to enact differing gun laws.[69]

On June 15, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved an ordinance requiring, among other things, retailers to record video and audio footage of gun sales, with the intention of preventing straw purchases of firearms.[70][71] On June 29, the City Council unanimously approved sending the ten ordinances to the City Attorney for review and to bring them back to council in September 2021[72] On January 25, 2022, the City Council passed an ordinance that would impose the first gun fee and gun liability insurance requirement in the country, prompting the National Association for Gun Rights to file a lawsuit against the city minutes later.[73] As of September 2021, a date for the gun buyback program had not been announced.[67]

Policy proposalsEdit

San Jose officials invited other California cities to join an amicus brief supporting the state's appeal of Miller v. Bonta, which by coincidence struck down the state's 1989 assault weapons ban several days after the shooting on June 4.[7] Although Cassidy did not use an assault weapon, Attorney General Rob Bonta cited the San Jose shooting in a statement opposing the ruling.[74][75] Representative Zoe Lofgren of San Jose emphasized the need to pass the Enhanced Background Checks Act and the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which are unlikely to overcome a Senate filibuster.[76]

Following reports that local law enforcement agencies were not informed by the Homeland Security Department of Cassidy's 2016 detainment, a department spokeswoman said the agency was working to improve information-sharing with other law enforcement agencies. Issues with information-sharing between agencies had been a problem in recent years and has sometimes involved high-profile incidents such as the storming of the U.S. Capitol and the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.[77] Liccardo met with President Joe Biden on July 12 to discuss strategies on combating gun violence in the U.S.[78]

Following the shooting and rising anti-Asian sentiment in the United States, a petition was started, demanding officials to address concerns made by employees of the San Jose Public Library over their safety. The petition cited the library's lack of security infrastructure and procedures as reasons for the employees' concerns.[79]

See alsoEdit

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