Samuel James Cassidy of San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, United States has died. He was 57.
In 2003, the Bureau of Automotive Repair licensed Cassidy as a smog check repair technician. In 2012, he started working as a mechanic at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose.
Operating bus and light rail services in the Santa Clara Valley, the VTA employs about 2,000 workers. In 2014, Cassidy became a substation maintainer at the public transit service.
On May 26, 2021, Cassidy set his house at Angmar Court in San Jose on fire, went to work, fatally shot eight of his VTA co-workers and injured several others then fatally shot himself. He is the list of the victims who died:
- Adrian Balleza, 29
- Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35
- Taptejdeep Singh, 36
- Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40
- Paul Delacruz Megia, 42
- Timothy Michael Romo, 49
- Alex Ward Fritch, 49
- Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63
- Lars Kepler Lane, 63
Initially, only eight casualties were reported excluding Cassidy. Fitch was rushed to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose where he was pronounced dead before the day ended.
The nine victims will be honored through a vigil at San Jose City Hall at 6:00 p.m. on May 27, 2021. VTA officials will attend the event along with Santa Clara County officials, San Jose City Council members and 65th San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo, 51.
“Once again, I urge Congress to take immediate action and heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end this epidemic of gun violence in America,” 46th U.S. president Joe Biden, 78, said in a statement hours after the shooting. “Every life that is taken by a bullet pierces the soul of our nation. We can, and we must, do more. God bless all those whose lives were lost today and all those who loved them.”