Police sources have reportedly identified the suspected gunman of a horrifying gun massacre in San Jose.
The reported gunman is Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority worker Samuel Cassidy, 57, with reports the catalyst was a ‘workplace issue’
Police also now believe that a huge fire at the gunman’s house at the same time as the shootings was started by Cassidy, reports The Mirror.
Eight people were shot dead at a rail yard on Tuesday when Cassidy opened fire in San Jose, California, around 6.45am local time.
One person who survived the attack is in hospital fighting for their life according to reports.
Officials said that all of the victims and shooter were employees of the transit agency situated near the city’s airport and were “well known” to each other.
The victims were found across two buildings on the site and were all identified late on Wednesday as being all male aged between 29 and 63.
The names of the deceased were: Paul Delacruz Megia, Taptejdeep Singh, Adrian Balleza, Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, Timothy Michael Romo, Michael Joseph Rudometkin, Abdolvahab Alaghmandan and Lars Kepler Lane.
Samuel Cassidy turned the gun on himself reportedly as police were closing the net in on him. At no time did police engage in any exchange of fire with the gunman.
Mayor Sam Liccardo told CNN the gunman was no stranger to the people he shot.
“It’s clear the victims and all the colleagues knew the shooter well,” Liccardo said.
Police found hundreds of rounds of ammunition at Samuel Cassidy’s property along with a range of weapons.
Cassidy had worked for the transit authority since at least 2012, when he was listed as an “electro-mechanic,” and was promoted to “substation maintainer” in 2015, according to records posted by the nonprofit website Transportation California.
Local television station KTVU-TV reported that Cassidy had been married for 10 years and divorced in 2009, citing an interview with his ex-wife, who reportedly told the station she had little contact with him over the past decade.
On Wednesday a bomb squad was searching the yard and adjacent buildings after at least one explosive device was found.