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Who is Samuel Cassidy?(Man Suspected of San Jose Mass Shooting) Bio, Age, Career, Mass Shooting

Samuel Cassidy man suspected of San Jose mass shooting identified

Samuel Cassidy is the man that was named as the mass shooting suspect which left eight people, including coworkers, during a union meeting at a light rail yard in San Jose, on May 26 2021 dead. A police spokesman said that there were “eight victims who were pronounced deceased at this point and there was one suspect” who is deceased.

Samuel Cassidy Bio 

Samuel Cassidy was a 57-year-old public transit employee.


Samuel Cassidy was a VTA employee. He worked for Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). Online salary records give his title as “Substation maintainer.” According to records in 2015 his total compensation was nearly $183000 including more than $124000 in overtime and other pay. Cassidy made $20205.07 in overtime pay that year.

According to KTVU-TV, it reported that Cassidy was a technician at the rail yard. A VTA spokesman said in a news conference that he was not sure how long the suspect had worked for VTA. The LA times journalist said the gunman “was identified by sources as Samuel Cassidy a maintenance worker at the VTA.”

Cassidy was also listed as the owner of a home on the 1100 block of Angmar Ct. in the Ramblewood neighborhood of South Jose, which caught fire around the same time as the VTA shooting. After the fire was extinguished, police and federal agents reportedly found explosives and gasoline at the home, and people living in one block radius around the home were evacuated as bomb squad technicians went through the home.

According to a report by the San Jose Fire Department, the damage to the home was heavy, and that the home was left uninhabitable.

Samuel Cassidy Relationships 

Court records obtained by the Chronicle allege a former girlfriend once accused Cassidy of rape and abuse. Cassidy’s ex-wife told the San Francisco Chronicle that he complained about coworkers getting better assignments. She described him as having an “explosive” temper.

Over a decade before Samuel Cassidy opened fire at the Bay area light rail yard, Cassidy was accused of raping and abusing his ex-girlfriend during violent “mood swings”. In court documents first obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, the ex-girlfriend who was 45 years old at the time of the volatile relationship said that “Several times during the relationship, he became intoxicated, enraged, and forced himself on me sexually. He also played several mind games, which he seems to enjoy.” While their relationship lasted for a year, it was doomed just two months in, when Cassidy proposed to her. She said no this is all too soon and then became a big issue for him in their relationship and he started to gaslight her.

Bipolar Disorder 

In a previous relationship, the ex-girlfriend believed that Cassidy had bipolar disorder. The ex-girlfriend claimed that Cassidy had major mood swings from what she believed to be bipolar disorder. She also added that Cassidy forced himself on her repeatedly and that she also had to fight him off when he attempted to force her into anal sex.

Mass Shooting Incident

The mass shooting broke out at the San Jose VTA light rail yard during a union meeting in California on the morning of Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

8 victims died plus the shooter killed himself officials said. The victims’ names and conditions were not clear.

On the day of the incident, Cassidy’s neighbor caught him leaving for work with a duffel bag on surveillance video.

Cassidy’s neighbor Doug Suh said that he was a strange guy and he lived by himself and would head to work at 5 a.m every day. The neighbor also added that Cassidy came out of his house once when the neighbor had backed into his driveway to make a turn, telling the neighbor to get off his property.

Suh provided KPIX with surveillance video that showed a man, presumably Cassidy leaving the home at around 5:40 a.m. Thursday morning with a duffel bag.

According to Suh, a short time later, he looked outside and saw a huge plume of smoke rising from Cassidy’s home.

“I’d say hello and he’d just look at me without saying anything,” Suh said. “One day I was backing out of his driveway and he yelled at me ‘don’t even go on my driveway!’ After that, I never talked to him again.”

Cassidy did not have any obvious social media accounts.


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