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8 dead in shooting rail yard serving Silicon Valley

Investigators offered no immediate word on a potential motive.

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8 dead in shooting rail yard serving Silicon Valley

The shooting happened around 6:30 a.m. in a light rail center in San Jose next door to the sheriff's department and also across a freeway from the airport. The center is a transit centre that shops trains and includes a maintenance lawn.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Russell Davis stated the assault led to"several significant injuries." He didn't understand the kind of weapon used or if the gunfire happened inside or outside. Police didn't release some of those victims' names.

"These people were heroes throughout COVID 19, the buses never ceased running, VTA did not quit operating. They simply kept on the job and we're calling them to be personalities another time to endure such a terrible, horrible tragedy," Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen stated that it was his understanding the shooting occurred inside, within the VTA construction.

Police orange and vehicles crime-scene cassette blocked off the area, and colleagues were kept at a distance The railroad yard is from town's administrative area, close to the sheriff's office and county and city offices.

Bomb squads were looking for the railroad complicated after receiving information regarding potential explosive devices within the construction, Davis explained.

VTA trains were out on dawn runs when the shooting happened. Light railway service was suspended at noon and substituted with bus divisions, bureau Chairman Glenn Hendricks told a news conference.

"It is just very hard for all to have the ability attempt to wrap their minds around and comprehend what's occurred," Hendricks said.

1 man was pronounced dead upon birth, and another was in critical illness.

Beyond the scene, Michael Hawkins told The Mercury News he had been awaiting his mum, Rochelle Hawkins, who'd telephoned him by a co-worker's telephone to guarantee him that she had been secure.

After the shooting began,"she got down with the remainder of her colleagues" and dropped her phone, Michael Hawkins told the paper. Rochelle Hawkins didn't find the shot, and she wasn't certain how close she was to the offender, her son said.

The assault was that the county's next shooting less than two decades. A gunman killed three people before killing himself in a favorite garlic festival in Gilroy at July 2019.

In a press conference, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo lamented the"dreadful day for our town." Gov. Gavin Newsom said in an tweet his workplace has been"in close contact with law enforcement and monitoring this situation carefully."


Associated Press writers Martha Mendoza at San Jose, Janie Har at San Francisco, John Antczak and Stefanie Dazio at Los Angeles, and Michael Balsamo and Colleen Long at Washington also contributed to the report.

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