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US: ‘Multiple casualties’ after mass shooting in San Jose

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Details of shooting at the train yard in California are still unclear, but officials say the attacker is among the dead.

Authorities in the US state of California say multiple people have been killed and others injured in a mass shooting at a train yard in San Jose.

The shooting happened at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) early on Wednesday morning.

The rail yard is located next door to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department.

“We have multiple victims and we have multiple casualties at this point,” Sheriff’s Deputy Russell Davis told reporters, adding that there are “several people being treated”.

He said the alleged attacker was confirmed dead, but that he could not go into further details.

Davis added that investigators were on the scene “trying to figure out exactly what happened”.

A mother of a VTA employee told television station KTVU that her son said the shooting occurred during a union meeting, though authorities have not confirmed that report.

The San Jose Mercury News said the first news of the shooting came in at 6:34am local time (13:34 GMT).

“A shooting at the VTA facility on Younger St has left several people being treated, but the situation is still being assessed,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted shortly after 8am (15:00 GMT).

“The shooter is no longer a threat, and the facility has been evacuated.”

Liccardo also later confirmed the death of the attacker.

“Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting,” he also tweeted.

The mayor said more information would be provided later on Wednesday morning.


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