Samuel Cassidy's Ex-Wife Says San Jose Shooting Suspect 'Had Two Sides'

The ex-wife of San Jose shooting suspect Samuel Cassidy has said her husband of 10 years had anger issues and "two sides" to his personality.

Reports have identified Cassidy as being the suspected gunman at a shooting at a rail maintenance yard in California, which left nine dead including the shooter.

The Associated Press reported that local officials stated Cassidy had opened fire shortly after 6:30 a.m. local time at the Valley Transit Authority (VTA) light rail yard.

The suspect is reported to have killed eight people before turning the gun on himself.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Deputy Russell Davis said the gunman was a VTA employee and that those killed were his colleagues. He did not comment on a possible motive for the shooting or what firearm was used.

Cassidy's ex-wife Cecilia Nelms, 64, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he would regularly complain about his colleagues supposedly getting easier assignments at the maintenance yard.

She added that she was relieved when the marriage ended in 2004, as he had anger issues that would flare up while talking about work, the Chronicle reported.

Nelms described her husband of 10 years as a "very quiet" person who did not want to speak to neighbors.

"He didn't have friends that I could say (were) friends. When he was in a good mood, he was a great guy. But when he was upset, it was bad."

Nelms added that he would often get angry when discussing his co-worker's assignments when he came home.

She continued: "I would listen but hardly ask any questions because I didn't know these people.

"I don't understand it, and I can't find my own answer why he did this. Because he could be mad and probably mean, but I never thought he would do this."

In separate comments, she told The Mercury News: "He had two sides. When he was in a good mood he was a great guy. When he was mad, he was mad."

Authorities are continuing to carry out investigations into the shooting and whether the suspect set fire to his own home, less than 10 miles away from the maintenance yard, on the same day as the attack.

Newsweek has contacted the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office for comment.

The victims of Wednesday's shooting were identified as Paul Delacruz Megia, 42, Taptejdeep Singh, 36, Adrian Balleza, 29, Jose Dejesus Hernandez, 35, Timothy Michael Romo, 49, Michael Joseph Rudometkin 40, Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63, and Lars Kelper Lane, 63.

Following the shooting, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo (D) said: "Our heart pains for the families and the co-workers...Now is a moment for us to collect ourselves, to understand what happened, to mourn and to help those who have suffered, to heal. That will be my intention today and for the foreseeable future."

President Joe Biden tweeted following the tragedy: "We are still awaiting many of the details of this latest mass shooting in San Jose, but there are some things we know for sure. There are at least eight families who will never be whole again.

"Every life taken by a bullet pierces the soul of our nation. We must do more."

Nine people died in the mass shooting
Tactical law enforcement officers move through the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light-rail yard where a mass shooting occurred 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 / Stringer/Getty