Gunfire erupted on Wednesday at a railyard in San Jose in Northern California Leaving at least seven people, including public transit workers, were killed and 12 more injured, NBC News reported.
Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis said the call of the shooting came before 7 a.m. Pacific Time (1400 GMT) at a light rail yard run by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) near the city’s main airport.
“There are multiple injuries and multiple fatalities in this case,” sheriff’s Deputy Russell Davis told reporters at the scene. Adding that “the suspect is confirmed deceased.”
Sam Liccardo the Mayor of the city said several people were being treated for injuries and that the situation at the sprawling Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail hub was still being assessed. He said the city was facing a “dark moment.”
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“This is a horrific day for our city and it is a tragic day for the VTA family and our heart pains for the families and the co-workers because we know so many are feeling deeply this loss of their loved ones and their friends,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said.
“This is a horrific day for our city and a tragic day for the VTA family,” he said. “Our heart pains for the families and the coworkers.”
Glenn Hendricks, VTA Board Chairman who also confirmed the shooting said it happened at VTA light rail yard but it did not happen in the operations control center.
He commended the transit workers who stayed on the job and kept moving commuters even in the face of Wednesday’s mass shooting.
“A horrible tragedy has happened today,” Hendricks said. “I could not be more proud of the VTA organization. As I drove here, I saw VTA buses out on the road.”