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Shooter Samuel Cassidy was ‘disciplined 4 times before killing 9 colleagues’ – and one co-worker warned ‘he’d go postal’


SAN Jose shooter Samuel Cassidy was reportedly disciplined four times before he killed nine colleagues, and one co-worker waned “he’d go postal.”

Authorities say the 57-year-old shooter was heavily armed with three 9mm handguns and 32 high-capacity magazines, some with 12 rounds when he carried out the attack back in May.

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The alleged shooter Samuel Cassidy was described as a “disgruntled” mechanic at the VTA[/caption]

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Nine victims were fatally killed on Wednesday including Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, Adrian Balleza, Alex Fritch, Jesus Hernandez III. Bottom row, from left, Lars Lane, Paul Megia, Timothy Romo, Michael Rudometkin and Taptejdeep Singh[/caption]

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Cassidy was seen walking over the light rail lines[/caption]

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He was strolling between the buildings[/caption]

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It was on the day that he shot nine people[/caption]

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Bomb squads with the San Jose Police Department and FBI were observed arriving on the scene and entering the railyard after explosives were reportedly set[/caption]

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The shooter was named as 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy, a Valley Transportation Authority mechanic[/caption]

The nine victims fatally killed were Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, Adrian Balleza, Alex Fritch, Jose Hernandez III, Lars Lane, Paul Megia, Timothy Romo, Michael Rudometkin and Taptejdeep Singh.

The company that he worked for has now revealed that there were four incidents where Cassidy was brought in for disciplinary action.

On January 26, an accusation against Cassidy claims that he got into a verbal fight with another coworker, according to KTVU.

The employee reportedly then said of Cassidy: “He scares me. If someone was to go postal, it’d be him.”

The other incidents weren’t as severe, including him being sent home without pay for an insubordination, refusing to attend a mandatory recertification and improper radio communication.

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The alleged mass shooter Cassidy who killed himself after killing 8 and wounding several more inside the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) allegedly set his home on fire[/caption]

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Cassidy worked at the VTA and complained to his ex-wife about being given harder jobs compared to coworkers[/caption]

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San Jose Bomb Squad technician prepares a bomb robot to enter the scene of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority following Wednesday’s bloodshed[/caption]

One of Jose’s friends told The Sun that he had spoken about how VTA management were warned of “constant threats” made by Cassidy, 57, but took no action.

Speaking at a vigil for the victims at the time, Joe Bennetti, 35, said: “That guy (Cassidy) has been saying that s*** for months and they (his co-workers) reported it.

“Jose and that guy didn’t get along because that guy was constantly making threats,” Bennetti said.

“They reported it to management and management didn’t want to do anything for fear of inciting him, so they just kind of brushed it off until this dude came in and did it. That’s the conversation Jose had with me.

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Home surveillance video from Wednesday morning shows a man believed to be 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy preparing to leave his San Jose home just before it ignited in flames[/caption]

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The man believed to be Cassidy is recorded walking between two cars and carrying a dark duffel bag[/caption]

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Footage showed smoke billowing from the home[/caption]

“That was like in March, he didn’t mention him by name but he said there was a guy who was saying all this crazy stuff and he had mental problems and all these guns.

“I was like ‘Dude, you’ve got to tell somebody’ and he said ‘We tell them’,” Bennetti continued.

“Once they figured out it was a guy on Jose’s team that did the shooting I realized it was the guy he had told me about.

“He (Cassidy) made the threat of doing what he did. He was like ‘I’m going to kill everybody in this place’ and he was a big gun nut.


“Jose told me Cassidy would openly boast about how he was into guns.”

Cassidy fired on his coworkers at around 6.30am throughout two buildings on the VTA premises.

Bomb squad team members were canvassing the premises after a batch of bomb materials were discovered inside Cassidy’s locker.

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