Nine People Dead, Including Gunman, and Multiple People Injured in Mass Shooting at VTA Light-Rail Yard in San Jose

Law enforcement officers respond to the scene of a shooting at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority facility in San Jose. (Noah Berger / Associated Press)

A shooting Wednesday morning at a light-rail yard near downtown San Jose left nine people dead, including the gunman. Here’s what is known so far:

• The shooting was first reported at 6:34 a.m. at a Valley Transportation Authority control center at 101 W. Younger Ave., with multiple 911 calls to law enforcement.

• Nine people are dead, including the gunman, and multiple people are injured. Santa Clara County sheriff’s officials said the shooter was a VTA employee; no age was given.

• VTA employees are among the dead and injured.

• The facility has been evacuated. It is a VTA control center, described as a hub that stores multiple VTA trains, and is also a maintenance yard.

• Multiple agencies and investigators are responding at the area, which is near the Sheriff’s Office headquarters. There is no information on the weapon used by the gunman.

• A reunification center has been set up for families at 70 W. Hedding St.

Latest updates:

11:38 a.m. San Jose council member says his friend who works for VTA was at facility during shooting: San Jose City Council member Raul Peralez said his friend, who is a VTA light-rail train mechanic, was at the VTA facility at the time of the shooting. The man’s condition was not immediately known, and Peralez told The Chronicle that his friend’s wife was on her way to get more information. Peralez said his friend, who also does overhead line maintainence as part of his mechanic role at VTA, regularly attends union meetings and was in the VTA facility at the time of the shooting. “These incidents are happening far too often all across our county. We know that, right? The difference is that when they happen close to home, they impact us in this way because we do tend to know somebody who was a friend, a family member, a loved one,” Peralez told The Chronicle. “That’s what makes it just much more tougher, because it’s happening here closer to home, and in my case, I have a personal friend that is included.”

11:38 a.m. Oakland mayor offers support for San Jose victims: Mayor Libby Schaaf expressed her support for San Jose, “our sister city in the South Bay,” and said the city has sent officers to support and “assist with logistics as the investigation unfolds.”

11:35 a.m. S.F. mayor offers condolences to San Jose victims: San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Wednesday morning tweeted, “Horrific news coming out of San Jose. I’ve reached out to Mayor Liccardo to offer my support and condolences. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

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SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle, Vanessa Arredondo, Aidin Vaziri, and Tal Kopan

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