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Police Gather at San Jose Home Linked to VTA Shooting

Multiple San Jose Police units and members of the media converged on a South San Jose home associated with Samuel Cassidy this morning, and the block was cordoned off in the aftermath of Wednesday’s VTA rail yard shooting, which law enforcement officials confirmed resulted in multiple fatalities and the death of the shooter. One Facebook post identified Cassidy as the deceased shooter, but no official confirmation is available at this time, and an active investigation is underway. According to Transparent California, Cassidy worked as a Substation Maintainer for Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) making $182,901.70, including benefits, as of 2015.

Search For New SJ Police Chief Begins

After months of intense discussions over police reforms and policies in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing, San Jose has begun a national search for its new police chief. No matter who is selected to replace current Police Chief Eddie Garcia—who in August announced he would be stepping down after 28 years on the post—it’s safe to say the city has made it a point to involve the community and make sure the public has some say in the process. “We’ve probably had well over a dozen community meetings on Zoom so far,” Lee Wilcox, chief of staff to the city manager, said in an interview with San Jose Inside.