Police reported multiple fatalities and injuries after gunfire erupted early on Wednesday morning at a light rail maintenance yard in San Jose, California.
A Santa Clara county sheriff’s spokesman, Deputy Russell Davis, said he could not specify the number of fatalities and injuries, but said that the suspect was confirmed to be among the dead.
“I can’t confirm the exact number of injuries and fatalities, but I will tell you that they are multiple injuries and multiple fatalities in this case,” said Davis, who added that victims included employees of the local light rail facility run by Valley Transportation Authority.
Davis said he did not know the type of weapon used or whether the shooting happened indoors or outdoors.
The county has opened a “reunification center” in San Jose for families and friends looking for loved ones after the shootings.
The shooting was first reported at around 6.30am.
The light rail maintenance facility stores train and serves as a transit control center. It is next door to the Santa Clara county sheriff’s department.
Family members of employees at the transit facility immediately began expressing their fears.
“I can’t get in contact with my uncle that works there … do I go to 70 West Heading? Who can I call?” wrote one Twitter user.
Oakland television station KTVU aired an interview with an unidentified man who said his mother hid from the assailant in a room with her co-workers.
“Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting,” San Jose’s mayor, Sam Liccardo, said on Twitter.
The California governor, Gavin Newsom, said in a tweet that his office was “in close contact with local law enforcement and monitoring this situation closely”.
Special agents from the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the crime scene, officials said.