Sheriff: The gunman was ‘very deliberate, very fast.’

Investigators don’t but know whether or not the victims of Wednesday’s taking pictures at a rail yard in San Jose have been particularly focused, they usually haven’t recognized a motive for the gunman, Laurie Smith, the sheriff of Santa Clara County, stated in an interview Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today.”

“What in the world could possibly prompt someone to take this kind of action?” she stated. “We don’t know at this point.”

Officers confronted Samuel James Cassidy, whom California regulation enforcement officers recognized because the gunman, “within a few minutes,” Sheriff Smith stated, suggesting the carnage may have been worse if that they had not arrived shortly. The sheriff’s workplace headquarters is subsequent door to the rail yard.

Mr. Cassidy carried two semiautomatic handguns and had 11 loaded magazines, she stated, including that police canine on the scene discovered supplies for bombs in what investigators consider to be his locker.

Investigators are additionally trying into how a hearth at Mr. Cassidy’s home was apparently began whereas he was finishing up the assault. The police acquired the primary report of photographs fired at 6:34 a.m., and the decision reporting the hearth got here in at 6:37 a.m.

“What we’re operating under now, but I’m not sure that this isn’t going to change, is that he set some kind of a device to go off at a certain time, probably to coincide with the shooting,” she stated.

The 9 victims of the taking pictures have been unfold over two buildings, she stated.

“He was very deliberate, very fast,” she stated. “He knew where employees would be.”