Another Mass Shooting Leaves Multiple People Dead, This Time In San Jose
Weekend or weekday, it just never ends. Wednesday morning San Jose, Calif., became the latest U.S. community to fall victim to gun violence as multiple people were killed and wounded in a mass shooting at a commuter rail yard.
Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis said that he could not specify the number of dead and wounded or describe how the suspect died.
The shooting took place around 6:30 a.m. at a light rail facility next door to the sheriff’s department and across a freeway from the airport. The facility is a transit control center that stores trains and has a maintenance yard.
Davis said he did not know the type of weapon used or whether the shooting happened indoors or outdoors. He said the victims include Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) employees. The VTA provides bus, light rail and other transit services throughout Santa Clara County, the largest in the Bay Area and home to Silicon Valley.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo called the deadly shooting at a city rail yard “a horrific day for our city.”
“Our heart pains for the families and the co-workers, because we know that so many are feeling deeply this loss of their loved ones and their friends. Now is a moment for us to collect ourselves, to understand what happened, to mourn and to help those who have suffered to heal,” Liccardo said.
“We are in a very dark moment. But I am heartened to see the response of the [Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority] family coming together to help their co-workers. We are going to do everything we can to support the families of those who have lost their loved ones,” Liccardo added.
The San Jose killings follow a weekend in which at least a dozen mass shootings across the United States killed at least 11 people and injured another 69. According to a tally by CNN, which defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are killed or injured by gunfire, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Minnesota all were subject to gun violence.