Nine people, suspect killed in San Jose mass shooting

By: Alyssa Wilson

UPDATE – 6:00 a.m. – 5/27/21 – A ninth person shot by the gunman died Wednesday night. All of the victims, who were coworkers of the shooter, were identified as:

  • Paul Delacruz Megia (42)
  • Taptejdeep Singh (36)
  • Adrian Balleza (29)
  • Jose Dejesus Hernandez III (35)
  • Timothy Michael Romo (49)
  • Michael Joseph Rudometkin (40)
  • Abdolvahab Alaghmandan (63)
  • Lars Kepler Lane (63)
  • Alex Ward Fritch (49)

According to CNN, they will be honored Thursday night at a vigil at San Jose City Hall Plaza. The shooter has been identified as Sam Cassidy.


UPDATE – 2:00 p.m. – 5/26/21 – In a second press conference about the shooting, officials announced that eight people and the suspected shooter were killed. The names of the victims have not yet been identified, but police said the shooter was a VTA employee.


Police in San Jose, California, are investigating an active shooter incident that took place around 7 a.m. PST. According to a tweet from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office, deputies responded to the area of 100 W. Younger Avenuenear the Valley Transportation Authority light-rail yard 

Residents and drivers have been asked to avoid the area as police investigate. BNC has confirmed that the incident is contained. 

Authorities confirmed that multiple people and the shooter are dead, but they did not go into details.

Glenn Hendricks, Chairperson for the VTA Board of Directors, spoke at the press conference and called the events a tragedy. “Horrible tragedies happened today and our thoughts and love go out to the VTA family, the organization and what they’ve had to go through,” he said. He also announced light-rail service will be suspended for the day, but buses will be available for commuters.

This is a developing story that will be updated.  

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.   

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