More than 22,000 rounds of ammunition, a dozen firearms, suspected Molotov cocktails and multiple cans of gasoline were found in the home of Sam Cassidy, the gunman who took nine lives at his workplace.
The motive for Cassidy’s rampage has not been determined, but authorities have said he appeared to have long been a disgruntled employee at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail yard in San Jose where he shot and killed nine people Wednesday morning while reportedly letting others escape.
“Based upon current evidence obtained by Sheriff’s Office Detectives at the VTA yard and the suspect’s resident, it is clear that this was a planned event and the suspect was prepared to use his firearms to take as many lives as he possibly could had Sheriff’s Deputies not made entry to stop his rampage,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said Cassidy apparently shot himself as deputies closed in on him. The gunman was armed with three semi-automatic handguns and 32 high-capacity magazines, according to the sheriff’s office said. The weapons he used in the killing spree were legally obtained and registered.
Authorities said Cassidy coordinated a fire at his home with the workplace attack. They believe he ignited a fire inside his home by placing ammunition inside a pot on the stove, surrounding it with accelerants and then turning on the stove, according to Deputy Cian Jackson of the sheriff’s office.
A fire was reported at the home Wednesday morning within minutes of the first calls of a shooting at the VTA facility, located about 8 miles away.
Cassidy’s home, which sustained heavy damage in the fire, has been rendered safe and no longer poses a threat to nearby residents, San Jose Fire Department spokesperson Erica Ray said Friday afternoon.