Killer of 8 in California had talked of workplace attacks

Santa Clara County Sheriff Police Officers walk along North San Pedro Street after a shooting at the VTA light rail yard in San Jose California

The County of Santa Clara medical examiner-coroner's office identified the victims late on Wednesday.

"I was just shocked because I didn't expect him to do that", she added.

The shooting took place in a section of the rail yard where workers perform maintenance on vehicles, and was not in the facility's operations and control center, he said.

He also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of the victims.

"We are still awaiting numerous details of this latest mass shooting, but there are some things we know for sure", President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday.

The other victims of the shooting were identified as Paul Delacruz Megia (42), Adrian Balleza (29), Jose Dejesus Hernandez (35), Timothy Michael Romo (49), Michael Joseph Rudometkin (40), Abdolvahab Alaghmandan (63), and Lars Kepler Lane (63).

"We heard that he chose the people to shoot, but I don't know why they choose him because he has nothing to do with him", he said.

Nelms, who got divorced from Cassidy in 2005, told the AP he threatened to kill his co-workers at the VTA, "but I never believed him, and it never happened".

"This is a very dark moment for our city and our community", San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said at a press conference.

The shooter had more than one gun, county District Attorney Jeff Rosen said.

We spoke to an ex-girlfriend of Cassidy.

Several times while he was drunk, Cassidy forced himself on her sexually despite her refusals, pinning her arms with his body weight, the woman alleged in a 2009 sworn statement filed after Cassidy had sought a restraining order against her. CBS San Francisco says.

Cassidy had worked for the transit authority since at least 2012, when he was listed as an "electro-mechanic", and was promoted to "substation maintainer" in 2015, according to records posted by the nonprofit website Transportation California.

He confirmed in television news interviews that authorities had also responded to a fire at the home of the suspect that erupted at about the same time as the shooting.

Prior to arriving at work and opening fire, Cassidy had set his own house on fire, with gasoline and ammunition left inside, FOX 2 of the Bay Area reported. Law enforcement officers cordoned off the area near the home and went in and out Wednesday.

"I can confirm with you that deputies did not exchange gunfire and right now we're going to preliminarily go with the assumption that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound from the suspect", Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Russell Davis said during a briefing Wednesday.