San Jose Gunman Set House on Fire Before Railyard Shooting

An early morning house fire in San Jose has been linked to a mass shooting at the VTA rail yard Wednesday.
FBI agents approach a home, rear, being investigated in connection to a shooting at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) facility on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. A Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman said a shooting at the rail yard left at least eight people, including the gunman, dead. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

FBI is investigating both the VTA shooting and house fire

Katie Dowd, Andrew Chamings, SFGate, San Francisco

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May 26–An early morning house fire in San Jose has been linked to a mass shooting at the VTA rail yard Wednesday.

FirefighterNation: Eight Dead in Shooting at San Jose Railyard

The San Jose Fire Department received a call at 6:36 a.m. for a structure fire on the 1100 block of Angmar Court, a quiet, dead-end residential street near the East Capitol Expressway exit from Highway 101. The fire was knocked down about an hour later.

“Fire damage to home on Angmar Ct described as heavy,” the department said in a statement. “The structure is currently uninhabitable.”

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo confirmed that the home is linked to the shooter.

“It would appear as if the fire was set as the shooter was on his way to the work site,” Liccardo said.

The first 911 calls for reports of a shooting at the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority (VTA) rail yard near downtown San Jose came in about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Officials say eight people were killed. The shooter, who sources say is Samuel J. Cassidy, a 57-year-old “substation maintainer” for the VTA, is also dead.

Reporters from multiple local news stations posted images showing San Jose police officers blocking off Angmar Court and checking with people coming in or out of the street. NBC Bay Area reported no one was found inside the home and a large amount of ammunition was discovered.

A bomb squad is also at the home. A one-block radius around the home has been evacuated while the investigation takes place.

The FBI is investigating both the VTA shooting and the house fire.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for more updates.

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