Samuel Cassidy

Feds Learned of Gunman’s Anger Toward VTA Five Years Ago

“Based on recent developments in the investigation we can say that the suspect has been a highly disgruntled VTA employee for many years, which may have contributed to why he targeted VTA employees.” -- Sgt. Russell Davis of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

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Gunman Had Hostile Personality, People Who Knew Him Say

Gunman Samuel Cassidy

The man identified by California law enforcement officials as the gunman in a mass shooting at a San Jose rail yard on Wednesday lived alone and had a hostile personality, according to interviews with a neighbor and an ex-girlfriend, as well as a review of court records. The gunman, Samuel James Cassidy, 57, lived southeast of downtown San Jose, in a suburban neighborhood of cul-de-sacs and palm trees, public records show. Doug Suh, a real estate agent who lived across the street, described Cassidy, who authorities say appeared to have killed himself, as someone with a short temper.

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