A gunman opened fire at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail facility located on West Younger Ave. early Wednesday in a mass shooting that left several employees dead or wounded, officials and sources said.
A Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis confirmed there were multiple fatalities and multiple wounded at the Guadalupe maintenance yard and control center, but the exact number was not immediately disclosed. Davis also said the unidentified male shooter was dead, but the details were not immediately available.
Sources told KPIX 5 that there may be as many as 7 who have died in the shooting.
Sources: 6 to 7 fatalities in a shooting at the VTA light rail Yard in San Jose. Shooter has reportedly committed suicide.
VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress said the extent of injuries were still being determined.
Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting. The shooter is deceased, and more information will be provided at 9:30am.
“Our hearts are pained for the familes of those we have lost in this horrific shooting,” Liccardo said.
Police officers and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies responded in force early Wednesday after receiving multiple 911 calls of an active shooter at the Guadalupe rail yard at about 6:34 a.m. The location is next door to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and a block from the San Jose Civic Center and county offices.
VTA employees have been evacuated from the maintenance yard and county sheriff’s deputies remain at the scene.
“A horrible tragedy has happened today,” said a visibly-shaken VTA Board Chair Glenn Hendricks. “Our thoughts and love goes out to the VTA family, to the organization, and what they’ve had to go through.
Hendricks said the shooting happened in the rail yard and not in the control center, adding that VTA service would be suspended Wednesday afternoon and bus bridges would replace light rail trains.
“This is a horrific day for our city, and it’s a tragic day for the VTA family,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Our heart pains for the family and coworkers because we know so many are feeling deeply this loss of their loved ones and their friends. Now is the moment for us to collect ourselves and understand what happened, to mourn and help those who have suffered to heal.”
“We are in a very dark moment,” added Liccardo.
A tweet from the ATU Local 265 Transit Union following word of the shooting had a simple message, “Pray.”
Road closures were in effect on Younger Ave both directions from 1st St. to the VTA facility. San Pedro St. was closed in both directions closed from Younger Ave. to Hedding St.
A reunification center for VTA employee family members was being established at the County Building at 70 W. Hedding Street with grief counselors on site. A number for family members to call for information was also provided: 408-299-2311.
Our sincerest condolences and prayers to the victims’ families and our communities during this tragic incident. Thank you to all the brave and courageous first responders.