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Police respond to active shooter at California light rail yard

Multiple people are dead and several others injured following a mass shooting at California light rail yard, the county’s sheriff’s office said Wednesday.

The gunman opened fire a little before 7am local time at the yard run by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority near the city’s main airport. 

Santa Clara County sheriff´s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis said that he could not specify the number of fatalities and injuries.

‘I will tell you that they are multiple injuries and multiple fatalities in this case,’ Davis said. He also confirmed the shooter is dead; the weapon used has not been disclosed.

As many as seven people may have died, sources told KPIX 5.  The victims include Valley Transportation Authority employees. 

One employee’s mother told KTVU that the shooting occurred during a union meeting. Workers have since been evacuated. 

VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress said the building where the shooting took place required security access, adding: ‘It would have to be someone who either broke into this yard, or someone who has access. 

‘We ask for people’s prayers.’ 

Multiple people are dead and several others injured following a mass shooting at California light rail yard, the county’s sheriff’s office said Wednesday

Davies confirmed the shooter is dead. As many as seven people may have died, sources told KPIX 5 . Workers have since been evacuated

Davies confirmed the shooter is dead. As many as seven people may have died, sources told KPIX 5 . Workers have since been evacuated

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office later confirmed 'shooter is down'

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed ‘shooter is down’

VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress said the building where the shooting took place required security access, adding: 'It would have to be someone who either broke into this yard, or someone who has access. 'We ask for people's prayers'

VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress said the building where the shooting took place required security access, adding: ‘It would have to be someone who either broke into this yard, or someone who has access. ‘We ask for people’s prayers’ 

Gunfire erupted Wednesday at a railyard in San Jose

Gunfire erupted Wednesday at a railyard in San Jose

The sheriff had tweeted early Wednesday morning: ‘Deputies currently on scene for an active shooter investigation in the area of 100 W. Younger Ave. SJ. 

‘Please stay away from the area. More info to follow.’  

The shooting took place at a light rail facility that is next door to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and across a freeway from the airport.

The facility is a transit control center that stores trains and has a maintenance yard. 

One Valley Transportation Authority employee's mother told KTVU that the shooting occurred during a union meeting

One Valley Transportation Authority employee’s mother told KTVU that the shooting occurred during a union meeting

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet early morning that they were responding to an active shooter in San Jose

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet early morning that they were responding to an active shooter in San Jose

Santa Clara County sheriff´s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis said that he could not specify the number of fatalities and injuries. 'I will tell you that they are multiple injuries and multiple fatalities in this case,' Davis said

Santa Clara County sheriff´s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis said that he could not specify the number of fatalities and injuries. ‘I will tell you that they are multiple injuries and multiple fatalities in this case,’ Davis said

First reports of gunfire came at around 6:30am local time. 

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted: ‘A shooting at the VTA facility on Younger St has left several people being treated, but the situation is still being assessed. 

‘The shooter is no longer a threat, and the facility has been evacuated. I will update as more information becomes available.’

He later added: ‘Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting. The shooter is deceased, and more information will be provided at 9:30am.

‘The Sheriff’s Office has set up a reunification center for families at the County Building at 70 Hedding St., near 1st Street. In the @VTA family, we mourn our lost coworkers and pray for the recovery of those being treated.’ 

The VTA operates three rail lines; it also runs 70 bus lines in the area. 

The authority tweeted Wednesday: ‘Confirming that: – Active Shooter at VTA Light Rail Yard around 6:45a – Multiple casualties, extent of injuries being determined – Suspect deceased – Employees evacuated – VTA service not impacted (trains were in service before incident)

‘Asking for patience and prayers while @SCCoSheriff determines number of victims and who the suspect was, now confirmed deceased.’

 San Jose, a city with about 1 million residents, lies at the heart of Silicon Valley, a global center of technological innovation and home of some of America’s biggest tech companies. 

California police said Wednesday they were responding to an active shooter at a San Jose light rail yard, pictured

California police said Wednesday they were responding to an active shooter at a San Jose light rail yard, pictured

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office tweeted: 'Deputies currently on scene for an active shooter investigation in the area of 100 W. Younger Ave. SJ. 'Please stay away from the area. More info to follow.' They later added there would be a media staging area close by

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office tweeted: ‘Deputies currently on scene for an active shooter investigation in the area of 100 W. Younger Ave. SJ. ‘Please stay away from the area. More info to follow.’ They later added there would be a media staging area close by

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