Neighbor Calls VTA Shooter Sam Cassidy 'Strange' as Footage Shows Him Leaving Before Shooting

A neighbor of suspected San Jose, Caifornia, shooter Samuel Cassidy described him as "strange," while new video footage shows Cassidy leaving his home before taking the lives of nine others at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Light Rail Yard Facility.

Speaking with the Mercury News, Doug Suh, who lives across the street, said that Cassidy was "lonely" and "strange." Suh also told other local news stations that Cassidy was very "quiet."

"I'd say hello, and he'd just look at me without saying anything," Suh said, adding that Cassidy once became angry at him for backing up his car near Cassidy's driveway.

On Wednesday, law enforcement officials identified Cassidy as the suspected shooter, according to the Associated Press.

Suh also captured footage of Cassidy leaving his home before the shooting incident at around 5:30 a.m. local time, according to KRON-TV. In a video clip, Cassidy appears to be holding a large duffle bag before getting into his vehicle.

Cassidy also reportedly set fire to his home before heading to the VTA Light Rail Yard facility. According to the Associated Press, public records showed Cassidy owning a two-story home that was set on fire on Wednesday. Firefighters responded to the home after they were notified by an individual.

Cassidy's ex-wife, Cecilia Nelms, said that Cassidy previously told her he wanted to kill people at his job.

"I never believed him, and it never happened. Until now," Nelms said, the Associated Press reported.

The footage of Cassidy leaving his home and the comments from Suh and Nelms come shortly after Cassidy carried out the mass shooting incident on Wednesday.

According to a press release from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, at around 6:34 a.m. local time, police received reports of an active shooter at the VTA Light Rail Yard facility located at 101 West Younger Avenue in San Jose.

When deputies arrived to the building where shots were fired, they discovered that nine people had died, including Cassidy from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Investigators work the scene of a mass shooting at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail yard on May 26, 2021 in San Jose, California. A VTA employee opened fire at the yard, with preliminary reports indicating nine people dead including the gunman. Philip Pacheco/Getty

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's office earlier identified eight of the victims killed in the shooting. The victims were Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; and Lars Kepler Lane, 63.

Later Wednesday evening, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that a ninth victim, identified as 49-year-old Alex Ward Fritch, was pronounced dead after being transportedat to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center from the scene in critical condition, the AP reported.

President Joe Biden, who called the shooting a "horrific tragedy," said in a statement: "Once again, I urge Congress to take immediate action and heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end this epidemic of gun violence in America."

Newsweek reached out to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office for further comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.