Dramatic bodycam video of shootings at the San Jose train station, in which authorities released 10 dead
by: Associated press, Nexstar media cable
Posted: Jun 2, 2021 / 4:53 am PDT
Updated: 6/2/2021 / 4:53 AM PDT
An armed man who killed nine employees at a Northern California train station shot himself twice in the head as the sheriff’s deputies raced into a building, according to authorities, who released body camera footage of the tense encounter on Tuesday.
The nearly 4 1/2 minute footage was taken by a deputy who arrived minutes after the first shooting reports were fired while shots were being fired at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus station in San Jose, where 57-year-old Cassidy opened fire, before he killed himself.
A “liaison team” of San Jose MPs and police officers was immediately formed to track down the shooter believed to be in a building armed with a handgun. The footage from the body camera shows the team carefully climbing the stairs to the third floor, where a VTA guard comes out with his arms raised and hands over his key card so the officers can enter the building.
The five-man team then storm into the building with their guns raised and use gun-mounted flashlights as they walk through rooms and corridors to a control center.
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Within minutes, they hear one shot, then another, followed by two more. When they come to another door, one of the team looks through a small window and says: “I have someone downstairs” in it. The team opens the door and someone shouts “Let me see your hands!”
Two more gunshots may be heard.
The footage shows a man slumped in a chair near a stairwell, gun in hand. He stands across from a shipping center door with a gunshot shattered window.
The shooter shot himself under the chin and then held the gun to the side of his head, said the sheriff.
It wasn’t clear whether Cassidy knew the police officers were walking towards him or not, but he may have seen their flashlights and heard them yell at each other as they realized where the gunner and victims were as they made their way through the building moved. said blacksmith.
Smith said her office used active shooting protocol endorsed by a lieutenant who was in the 1999 Columbine School mass shooting in Colorado. Smith said the police trained together.
MPs and officials “barely spoke a word” as they entered the building because “they knew what their job was,” adding that they had shown extraordinary courage.
“There were over 100 VTA employees on site that morning, and I believe the courage of all law enforcement officers really prevented the loss of more lives,” she said.
A VTA spokeswoman told Mercury News in San Jose that it could be weeks or months before service on the subway resumes. The Guadalupe Yard acts as the nerve center of the light rail network and is now a crime scene under the sheriff’s control. Spokeswoman Stacey Hendler Ross said the agency is focused on helping traumatized workers who have lost colleagues.
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The footage was released when a new FBI report found that California had the most mass shooting incidents in the past 20 years, a number that is consistent with its population, the report said. It also came when an off duty firefighter outside of Los Angeles County shot and killed a colleague and killed one colleague and injured another before killing himself.
The sheriff said investigators were still trying to pinpoint the motive for the shootings, despite acquaintances and his ex-wife saying Cassidy talked about hating his job at least a decade ago and had an angry and erratic streak.
“We’re starting to put things together. But we have spoken to hundreds of witnesses, ”said Smith.