‘Shooter is down’: Multiple people wounded after rampage at San Jose rail yard

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Multiple people were wounded and the gunman was “down” after a shooting rampage at a light rail yard in San Jose, California, authorities said.

“Units are currently at the scene of a shooting in the area of Younger Av and San Pedro St.” San Jose Police Media Relations tweeted shortly after 7 a.m. local time. “This is still an active scene and we ask that everyone stay out of the area while we conduct our investigation.”

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department tweeted that “the shooter is down.” Mayor Sam Liccardo said several people were being treated for injuries and that the situation was still being assessed.

“The shooter is no longer a threat, and the facility has been evacuated,” Liccardo tweeted. “I will update as more information becomes available.”

The site is at or near the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail yard – and near the the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said deputies are on the scene.

VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress wasn’t able to confirm the number of those shot or the extent of their injuries.

“We ask for people’s prayers,” Childress told KGO-TV.

The VTA runs three light rail lines covering more than 40 miles. The agency also operates 70 bus lines in the region.

In San Jose, violent crimes are up nearly 17% so far this year compared to the same time last year, according to police data. Homicides are up 75%.

Nationwide, there have been at least 230 mass shootings in 2021, defined as four or more shot or killed, not including the shooter, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

There have been at least 14 mass murders, defined as four or more people are killed in a single incident, not involving the shooter, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Contributing: Grace Hauck

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