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San Jose shooting victim Alex Fritch with his wife Terra.
A ninth victim died in a hospital Wednesday night after being seriously injured in the mass shooting at a railroad yard in San Jose, California, authorities told local media.
Authorities released a list of eight victims on Wednesday night. Several hours later, the medical examiner announced that a ninth victim, identified as Alex Ward Fitch, 49, died at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center after being hospitalized in critical condition.
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List of victims in the VTA shooting:
Paul Delacruz Megia, 42 years old
Taptejdeep Singh, 42
Adrian Balleza, 29 years old
José Dejesus Hernández III, 35
Timothy Michael Romo, 49 years old
Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40
Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63 years old
Lars Kepler Lane, 63
Alex Ward Fritch, 49
Mayor Sam Liccardo told CNN that the attacker was no stranger to the people he shot.
“It is clear that the victims and all the colleagues knew the shooter well,” Liccardo said.
One of the victims, Rudometkin, was previously identified by his friend, San José City Councilor Raúl Peralez. Rudometkin was an airline worker with the VTA.
“My dad and I were planning another golf meeting with Mikey, and now that will never happen again. My family and I have lost a great friend for a long time and there are no words to describe the pain we are feeling right now, especially for his family, ”Peralez said on his Facebook page.
Gunman Samuel Cassidy worked at the VTA facility.
Gunman Samuel Cassidy, 57, pointed his gun after his morning shooting at the San Jose VTA light rail facility, authorities said.
Cassidy had also worked on the facility, which VTA spokeswoman Stacey Handler Ross told San Jose Spotlight was like “a family.”
“It is clear that the victims and all the colleagues knew the shooter well,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo.
Although the motive has not been determined, authorities confirmed the identity of the gunman, a 57-year-old Valley Transportation Authority employee.
Authorities were first notified of the shooting around 6:30 a.m. when the gunman opened fire at the light rail facility, which is near the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Approximately 75 to 80 people were on the premises at the time of the shooting, which was during a shift change.
They had been waiting for several hours at the Red Cross with other families when they received confirmation that he had been killed.
“We know he was there, and we have been trying to contact him since the morning since it happened and he has not been returning calls or text messages or anything,” a Singh relative told reporters Wednesday afternoon before the release. of the coroner. . “It is very difficult because he has two small children. That’s all I can think of right now, just his children. ”
Singh had worked as a light rail conductor for eight or nine years. Among the victims were several bus and light rail operators.
Others were mechanics, linemen, and assistant superintendent. One victim had worked for the traffic authority since 1999.
According to Facebook posts commemorating Adrián Balleza, 29, he was a Gilroy resident who grew up in San José. Balleza was married and had a young son.
The investigation was complicated after a bomb sniffing dog detected possible explosives at the scene. Authorities have spent the entire day checking VTA facilities to make sure there are no explosive devices on the premises.
“We have received information that there are explosive devices found inside the building,” Davis said. “Having said that, we activated our bomb squad that is currently on the scene. We are practically trying to clean every room and every crevice in that building to ensure public safety. ”
Several families who were unable to hear their loved ones gathered at a county government building in the downtown San Jose building that was established as a family reunification center.
The other victims were revealed as Paul Megia; Taptejdeep Singh; Adrian Balleza; José Hernández; Timothy Romo; Michael Rudometkin; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan and Lars Lane.
The grieving families of the victims sat huddled together, holding hands and crying, after learning they had lost a loved one, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen told reporters in describing the scene inside a county building.
“They are sitting, holding hands and crying,” Rosen said. “It’s terrible. It’s terrible. It’s raw. People are learning that they lost their husband, their son, their brother.”
Rosen held a press conference at the Red Cross and vowed to find out if the shooting could have been prevented.
“When they said goodbye to their spouse this morning, her husband, they didn’t want to say goodbye forever, until dinner time,” Rosen said.
He said that about 100 people were inside the family reunification center.
A vigil in honor of the victims is scheduled at the San José City Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday. Mayor Sam Liccardo, members of the San Jose City Council along with Santa Clara County and VTA officials are expected to attend.