The Northern California transit worker who fatally shot 9 of his coworkers this week was additionally below investigation for racist remarks, in line with native media studies.
Authorities say 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy opened hearth at his office, a lightweight rail yard in San Jose, on Wednesday.
Cassidy shot himself minutes later as police arriving on the scene closed in, in line with the county sheriff.
The sheriff stated Friday Cassidy had collected a dozen firearms, Molotov cocktails, and a few 22,000 rounds of ammunition at his house – earlier than setting it on hearth.
She added that Cassidy was identified to be a “extremely disgruntled” worker for a few years, which can have motivated the assault.
However any try and pin down a particular motive could also be difficult by the blaze at Cassidy’s house, which destroyed a lot of the obtainable proof.
Native NBC affiliate KNTV, citing unnamed legislation enforcement sources, reported that Cassidy had not too long ago been accused of creating racist remarks at work, and confronted a disciplinary listening to the day of the capturing.
However the information outlet later rolled again on its report, after the county’s Valley Transportation Authority issued a press release denying studies of any deliberate assembly.
The transit company stated it was reviewing Cassidy’s alleged historical past of “fearful or uneasy” remarks.
Cassidy’s ex-wife, Cecilia Nelms, additionally recounted to native media that he would rant about his coworkers and executives and generally lash out at her.
The Wall Avenue Journal, citing a Division of Homeland Safety memo, reported that U.S. customs and border officers detained Cassidy in 2016.
They present in his possession “books about terrorism” and a memo e book full of notes expressing hatred of his office.
Wednesday’s killings are simply the newest in a string of mass shootings throughout the U.S. over the previous three months.