San Jose Police on Wednesday morning descended on a Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail maintenance yard, stating that a shooting had taken place and that the scene was “active.” Locals were advised to “stay out of the area.”
Units are currently at the scene of a shooting in the area of Younger Av and San Pedro St.
This is still an active scene and we ask that everyone stay out of the area while we conduct our investigation.
TOC: 6:34 AM
— San José Police Media Relations (@SJPD_PIO) May 26, 2021
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said shortly afterward that the shooter was “down,” and the VTA declared the suspect “deceased.”
Speaking to reporters later, sheriff’s office spokesman Russell Davis confirmed “there are eight victims that are pronounced deceased at this point. And there is one suspect that’s pronounced deceased.”
He also confirmed that the male shooter was a VTA employee and that other employees are among the dead.
Video footage from the scene shows a heavy police presence.
– Active Shooter at VTA Light Rail Yard around 6:45a
– Multiple casualties, extent of injuries being determined
– Suspect deceased
– Employees evacuated
– VTA service not impacted (trains were in service before incident)
— VTA (@VTA) May 26, 2021
Breaking: Reports indicate that there are 6-7 fatalities after a shooting at VTA light rail yard in San Jose, California. The shooter reportedly committed suicide. (Via @lenKPIX) pic.twitter.com/aFWIoWdQti
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) May 26, 2021
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