The death toll from the mass shooting at a Northern California light rail yard rose to ten on Thursday, including the gunman, when one of the injured died overnight in the hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.
On Wednesday, the attack happened at the Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose. Eight victims perished instantly. According to authorities, the shooter also died.
The additional victim added to the death toll was 49-year-old Alex Ward Fritch. The Santa Clara County Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner identified the other victims as Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez, 35; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; and Lars Kepler Lane, 63.
All the victims will be honored Thursday night at an event at the San Jose City Hall Plaza.
Investigators on Thursday will try to determine why VTA maintenance worker Samuel James Cassidy, 57, shot nine co-workers and then killed himself. Those killed were located in two buildings in the complex.
The attack was the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the San Francisco Bay Area. San Jose is located about 40 miles southeast of downtown San Francisco.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo told CNN the victims “knew the shooter well.”
According to Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, Cassidy fired 39 shots and appeared to be targeting particular victims. During the incident, Cassidy informed a union official in attendance at a meeting, “I’m not going to shoot you,”
Smith stated that Cassidy was in possession of two semi-automatic pistols, “the type that would be legal in California” as well as 11 filled magazines.
Cassidy’s home was on fire as he went for work Wednesday morning, according to officials, and it was entirely ablaze when firemen arrived.
During an appearance on NBC’s Today show, Smith said authorities believe Cassidy may have set a timer to trigger the fire at his house.
“What we’re operating under now — but I’m not sure that this isn’t gonna change — is that he set some kind of a device to go off at a certain time probably to coincide with the shooting,” she said.
Deputy Russell Davis of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting happened as employees from the midnight shift were leaving and the day shift was beginning work.
According to Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, many weapons were used in the shooting, and additional suspicious materials were discovered in the train yard. The bomb squad eventually evacuated the area.
In a 2009 court petition, Cassidy’s ex-girlfriend accused him of rape and said he had “enraged” mood swings caused by drinking.
Doug Suh, a neighbor, characterized Cassidy as “lonely” adding that he had never seen any friends or relatives visit in the five years he had lived close.