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Samuel Cassidy biography: 13 things about San Jose, California man who shot 8 VTA co-workers

Samuel J. Cassidy (©Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority)
Samuel James Cassidy (©Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority)

Samuel James Cassidy was a white man from California, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lived on Angmar Court in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California. He previously lived in Santa Clara, California. (a) (b)
  2. In 1983, he was arrested in San Jose and charged with misdemeanor obstruction and resisting a peace officer. (c)
  3. In 1995, he and Cecilia Nelms got married. (a)
  4. In 2003, the Bureau of Automotive Repair licensed him as a smog check repair technician. (d)
  5. In 2005, he and Nelms divorced. He had two sides, according to her. She explained, “When he was in a good mood, he was a great guy. When he was mad, he was mad.” (a)
  6. After the 2005 divorce, he met Jingkun “Connie” Wang on They dated for six months. Two months into their relationship, he proposed to her but she turned it down. She said, “I turned him down and he turned totally different. He was angry, screaming (and he stole) my car. He was mean to me.” In March 2009, he filed a restraining order against her, accusing her of threatening to get him fired, harassing his new girlfriend and damaging his roommate’s car. Wang countered and accused him of rape, sexual assault and major mood swings due to bipolar disorder and exacerbated when he consumed large quantities of alcohol. (a) (e) (f) (g)
  7. He worked as a mechanic at a Mazda dealership in San Jose before joining the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in 2012. (a)
  8. From 2012 to 2014, he worked as a mechanic at the VTA light rail hub in San Jose. He received $118,709.03 pay and benefits in 2012. It increased to $122,767.12 in 2013. (a) (d) (h)
  9. In 2014, he became a substation maintainer at the VTA. He received $165,895.90 pay and benefits in 2014. He received $182,901.70 in 2015, $175,181.34 in 2016, $163,136.68 in 2017, $150,742.08 in 2018 and $160,508.73 in 2019. (a) (d) (h)
  10. His neighbor Doug Suh, who moved to Angmar Court in 2016, described him as a lonely, quiet and unfriendly person. His former neighbor Joy Lovett described him as a happy-go-lucky guy and said there was nothing bizarre about him. (a) (d)
  11. On August 8, 2016, he returned from a trip to the Philippines. When he was taken into secondary inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers searched his belongings and found a black memo book filled with notes about hatred towards the VTA, books about terrorism and fear and manifestos. No follow-up action was taken after the search and he visited the Philippines for the second time in 2016. (i) (j)
  12. In 2019, he had a traffic ticket. (k)
  13. Days before his death, he seemed completely himself and did not appear to be holding a grudge, according to his father James Edward Cassidy. On May 26, 2021, he set his Angmar Court house on fire, went to work, fatally shot eight of his VTA co-workers and injured several others then fatally shot himself. He died at the age of 57. (a) (d) (f)



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