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VTA Light Rail Shutting Down at Noon Today

Sadness grips San Jose after mass shooting at VTA Light Rail Yard this morning
By - posted 5/26/2021 No Comment

Following news of the mass shooting at the VTA Light Rail Yard in San Jose this morning, VTA announced they are shutting down light rail service beginning at Noon on Wednesday, May 26th “until further notice.”

VTA, which serves Santa Clara Valley, will have bus bridges in place to provide limited service while the light rail yard remains an active investigation scene.

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Bay City News / Updated 12:00pm, May 26, 2021

A Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority employee shot and killed eight people at a VTA maintenance yard in San Jose on Wednesday morning and also died there, authorities said.

A bomb squad remained at the scene as of late Wednesday morning to look for explosive devices at the Guadalupe maintenance facility on West Younger Avenue, where calls first came in at 6:34 a.m. about shots fired.

Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis called the situation “fluid and ongoing” and that investigators are looking into a possibly related house fire that started around the same time.

The FBI is assisting local authorities in combing through what Special Agent in Charge Craig Fair called “a fairly sizable crime scene” at the light-rail maintenance yard.

The VTA earlier in the day announced that all light-rail service in the system will be suspended as of noon, with bus shuttles providing limited service for riders.
Several city and county elected leaders spoke at a late morning briefing on the shooting, saying they are awaiting clarity on who might have been injured or killed in the shooting. San Jose City Councilman Raul Peralez said one of the VTA employees he had yet to hear about was a childhood friend.

“It’s just extremely tragic,” Peralez said.

Family reunification is happening at the County Government Center at 70 W. Hedding St. and VTA employees and family can call (408) 321-7550 for more information.