May 26, 2021
San Jose Shooting Update Press Conference Transcript May 26: 8 Killed, Suspect Also Dead
San Jose, California officials and Gov. Gavin Newsom held a press conference on May 26, 2021 to address the shooting that took place at a rail yard. They announced that at least 8 people were killed, and the suspect is also dead. Read the transcript of the briefing here.
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Deputy Russell Davis: (00:22)
Everyone good? Good afternoon, my name is Deputy Russell Davis, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer. Before we start, I’d like to put out my thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families of what happened today. It is a tragic situation that we’re dealing with right now and we’re using all the resources we have right now to find out what exactly happened and what transpired. Our first primary focus is public safety. We want to ensure everything that happened from today, because we want to ensure the biggest public safety for the surrounding area and our whole community.
Deputy Russell Davis: (01:02)
This morning at 6:34 in the morning, Santa Clara County Communications received 911 phone calls of a shots fired call in the area of 101 West Younger Avenue, located in the city of San Jose, which is directly adjacent, right next door to a Sheriff’s Office Headquarters. Deputies responded and received information that there were multiple shots fired calls located from that building. During this time, this was during a shift change where deputies from the midnight shift and day shift were on at the same time, going through a transition into different shifts.
Deputy Russell Davis: (01:39)
Once we received that information, deputies and surrounding officers immediately responded to the location and addressed the threat and the situation. They did not wait, they immediately went into the scene and rendered first aid and rescued victims out of the building as fast as they can, to figure out what was going on. I can tell you, this was at a Valley Transportation Authority light rail yard, which is next door to Sheriff’s Office Headquarters. Immediately, once we received information of shots fired called, we immediately activated the Santa Clara County Active Shooter Protocol, which activated multiple law enforcement agencies in the surrounding counties, as well as multiple fire department agencies to initiate and activate the Rescue Task Force, which is part of the Active Shooter Protocol, which we’ll go in to more detail. Multiple agencies showed up and assisted, from local agencies within Santa Clara County. State level from the Office of Emergency Services, Governor’s Office. The California Highway Patrol, and multiple federal agencies, from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, FBI, ATF, and Department of Homeland Security. I’ll tell you right now, with the numbers and it’s still preliminary and it’s subject to change, we have eight victims that are pronounced deceased from today’s incident, from gunshot wounds. We also have one suspect who is deceased as well from this morning’s incident. I can confirm with you that deputies did not exchange gunfire and right now we’re going to go with the assumption that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound from the suspect and deputies did not exchange gunfire.
Deputy Russell Davis: (03:24)
At this point, we have investigators on scene interviewing anybody that was on scene to see what exactly happened. And we have our CSI teams as well outside, along with conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigations assisting. Right now, if you are looking for a family member, a loved one involved with this incident, we ask you to contact our Reunification Center, which is over here at 70 West Hedding, it’s located at the Isaac Newton Auditorium. We have grief counselors on scene. The phone number to call is 408-209-8356. I’ll repeat it one more time, 408-209-8356.
Deputy Russell Davis: (04:05)
So this incident is going to take some time and the reason why is because we’re going to use all necessary methods to ensure the public safety for everyone. We actually had an explosives dog on scene, which detected to some type of explosives material at the crime scene itself. At that point, we activated the Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, who currently on scene and render any type of suspicious packaging safe at that point. I’ll tell you, it’s going to take a long time to render these areas safe, they have to go through every room in every building to ensure that everything is safe. So that’s such as in bringing in a bomb robot in there and it takes time.
Deputy Russell Davis: (04:44)
So I ask for your patience on gathering further information from here, it’s going to be some time. Other than that, we have detectives on scene, we’re doing everything that we can, but I’ll tell you this, with the training that we’ve been doing with our Active Shooter Protocol, this could have been a lot worse of a situation. This is a very unfortunate situation, but with the training and everything that we have with this protocol, this could have been a lot worse than what it was, unfortunately. So that being said, I’m going to pass it on to Sheriff Laurie Smith, who’s going to give you further information from there.
Reporter 1: (05:14)
What are the areas that you’re covering with the Bomb Squad?
Deputy Russell Davis: (05:17)
The Bomb Squad is pretty much activated and they’re searching every crevice of the whole building to ensure that everything is safe. And that’s where it’s going to take some time.
Reporter 1: (05:26)
The VTA Transit Center?
Deputy Russell Davis: (05:28)
The VTA Transit Center, it’s pretty much a light rail facility, pretty much. Light rail garage.
Reporter 1: (05:35)
What is the reason that Homeland Security is involved?
Deputy Russell Davis: (05:35)
We appreciate having federal agencies coming out. They come out here just to provide resources for us. “Hey, do you need any assistance in that case?” And if we need help, we’ll ask them out in that case. So they’re just being an entity to help us out.
Reporter 1: (05:45)
How many rooms will the robot have to go through?
Deputy Russell Davis: (05:48)
It depends how big this building is. I haven’t been in the building myself, but it’s going to take some time. So we ask you for that patience.
Reporter 2: (05:53)
What’s the size of the structure?
Reporter 1: (05:55)
Any indication on motive?
Deputy Russell Davis: (05:56)
Any indication on motive, we don’t have that information right now. This is still preliminary, this is still ongoing. All the information I have is I can give out at this point and we’re still getting as we get along.
Reporter 2: (06:03)
What’s the size of the search area for explosive devices and are there indications that the people who were killed were specifically targeted? Or was this an employee showing up at work with a grudge and just spraying indiscriminately?
Deputy Russell Davis: (06:19)
So this is a big building. I can’t get into the details how big this building is, but it’s a pretty decent sized building. In regards with motive, I don’t have that information, it’s still preliminary and I’m still trying to get that information at this point.
Reporter 3: (06:30)
Do you know if the shootings took place inside, outside?
Deputy Russell Davis: (06:34)
I don’t know at this point, if it’s inside or outside.
Reporter 3: (06:36)
[inaudible 00:06:36] if we have questions after.
Deputy Russell Davis: (06:37)
Yeah, I’m going to pass it off to Sheriff Laurie Smith and then she’s going to take over from here.
Sheriff Laurie Smith: (06:41)
So what I’d first like to do is tell everyone that my heart really goes out to the victims. These were county employees and we’re doing everything we can to help them, including the Family Reunification Center. But I really want to commend the law enforcement in Santa Clara County. Several years ago, the Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the county fire department, began a series of trainings for active shooter. And that training has happened throughout the county with law enforcement and all fire agencies. And why that differs is, that at the time there’s an active shooter, as soon as we can get one team together, we go in. The first teams through the door where the Sheriff’s Office and San Jose Police Department and they’re my true heroes.
Sheriff Laurie Smith: (07:29)
There was active shooting going on at that time, there were victims shot in two separate buildings, but they responded, they responded the way that they should. They took their life in their hands and I know for sure that when the suspect knew the law enforcement was there, he took his own life. Our deputies were right there at that time. So it’s a very complex investigation. We now know that San Jose is working on the house fire, and we’re still putting that together, but our detectives are on scene and we’re doing everything we can to identify the victims as soon as possible, so their loved ones can can know. So, thank you very much for covering this and we will continue to give you updates as the investigation progresses.
Reporter 4: (08:17)
Was the suspect known to law enforcement?
Sheriff Laurie Smith: (08:21)
It’s still too early for us to know, but the suspect was an employee also. Thank you.
Deputy Russell Davis: (08:29)
I’m going to pass it on to Governor Gavin Newsom.
Governor Gavin Newsom: (08:33)
Thank you. Let me thank the Sheriff, the Mayor, our Police Chief Captain, all the men and women in uniform. You’re going to learn over the course of the next number of days and weeks about the heroism of the San Jose police, saved lives. Deputy sheriffs that ran, quite literally, seconds after hearing about this incident without any consideration of their own lives and did an extraordinary job to save other people’s lives. That said-
Governor Gavin Newsom: (09:03)
Job to save other people’s lives. That said, there’s a numbness I imagine some of us are feeling about this because there’s a sameness to this, anywhere USA. It just feels like this happens over and over and over again, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. It wasn’t that long ago I was standing out here talking about the tragic loss of two children, one in a mother’s arms. The Gilroy Festival, just here in this community, down in Southern California and in San Bernardino. Remember a few years prior, Santa Barbara. No pick a state. And here we are in the United States of America, we’re experiencing something just is not experienced anywhere else in the world. There’s a sameness to this. And that numbness, I think, is something we’re all feeling, all of us gathered here today, looking at this scene, listening to governors, mayors, chiefs speaking similar tone and terms, expression of condolences, all the right emotions and perhaps the right words.
Governor Gavin Newsom: (10:09)
But it begs the damn question, what the hell is going on in the United States of America? The hell is wrong with us? And when are we going to come to grips with this? When are we going to put down our arms, literally and figuratively. Our politics, stale rhetoric, finger pointing, all the hand-wringing consternation that produces nothing except more fury and frustration, more scenes like this repeated over and over and over again. I say that as a governor, I say that as a father of four, I say that as a member of this community who cares deeply about it.
Governor Gavin Newsom: (10:44)
So we’ll, we’ll have time to work through all of that. But one thing I just wanted to briefly speak to is the pain in those victims. We just had the privilege of spending last few hours with the victims that are waiting to just learn if their loved one is still alive. They’re dialing the phones. They can’t find it. They’re trying to go on and find a phone of a loved one, waiting to hear from the coroner, waiting to hear from any of us, just desperate to find out if their brother, their son, their dad, their mom is still alive. Just imagine being in their foot.
Governor Gavin Newsom: (11:24)
I know everybody wants all the answers to all these questions, but there’s no more important question and no more important answers [inaudible 00:11:31] than the victims of this senseless and tragic shooting. And so I’m not just going to express my condolences. I’m not just going to express the usual platitudes, but let me just thank the heroism of those victims. The fact that they can even stand up and support one another is remarkable. What a human act.
Governor Gavin Newsom: (11:53)
And so, we just want folks to know we’re going to be there for the victims. I want folks to know I’m here for you, Mr. Mayor, and the county, the state. And I know we have elected officials of all political stripes that want to be here for this nation, but it’s time to deal with the endemic before this pandemic of gun violence, the preexisting condition that somehow was pushed aside last year, but now has raised its ugly head again this year.
Governor Gavin Newsom: (12:25)
And wake up to this reality and take a little damn responsibility, all of us, to do a little bit more and a little bit better this time and move beyond the platitudes and the usual rhetoric that tends to mark, not just these moments, but the aftermath of these moments, as all of you go away and this fades out of view, and then we rinse and repeat someplace else in this country.
Governor Gavin Newsom: (12:48)
So again, to the victims, to those that lost their lives and the families lost their loved ones, yes, our hearts go out. But we are resolved to not make this meaningless, but to bring meaning at this tragic moment in our state and our nation’s history. Again, thank you to all the men and women behind me and their courageousness and the incredible, incredible bravery that was demonstrable of the men and women in our San Jose Police Department and Sheriff’s office.
Speaker 1: (13:22)
Governor [crosstalk 00:13:23] California has some of the toughest gun laws [crosstalk 00:13:24]
Deputy Russell Davis: (13:23)
So next, we’re going to introduce the Valley Transportation Authority chair president, Glen Hendricks.
Glen Hendricks: (13:35)
As you all know, a horrible tragedy has impacted the VTA family, the organization, and our whole community. And our thoughts and love go out to all the employees who’ve been directly and indirectly impacted by this horrible event.
Glen Hendricks: (13:50)
I want to let you know that the families have been moved to the Family Assistance Center at the Red Cross, to continue to meet with counselors about what’s happening. We’re really grateful for the outpouring of support that has come from union leadership and transit organizations from across the country.
Glen Hendricks: (14:09)
The VTA has suspended its light rail service and will probably be suspended for several days as we work through being able to get back into the yard. We’ll be setting up bus bridges to go ahead and help get our customers around. We’re asking their customers be patient with us as we work through this event and try and recover our service. And I also want to thank all the law enforcement that’s been involved in their quick reaction and the way that they’ve been dealing with everyone who was involved by this. And once again, I want to say how terribly sorry I am, and want to thank everybody in the VTA family who’s been so effective.
Deputy Russell Davis: (14:49)
Thanks. We’re going to introduce the president of the County Board of Supervisors for Santa Clara County, Mike Wasserman, and County Supervisor Cindy Chavez.
Mike Wasserman: (15:02)
It was two years ago, the mass shooting in Gilroy and law enforcement responded quickly and minimized the number of fatalities. Last year we had COVID. Still have COVID, but last year was the big year. And the people and the county responded, so as to have the lowest positivity rate in the state.
Mike Wasserman: (15:22)
Today, we had this mass shooting here, and it was the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and the San Jose Police Department that responded so quickly to minimize the loss of lives. As you can see, our flag now is that half mast, to help commemorate and remember the people that have passed today.
Mike Wasserman: (15:43)
It is an extremely sad day in the history of Santa Clara County, but I’m also very proud of the response by law enforcement, and then the VTA family taking care of the loved ones, the survivors of those that passed, and the district attorney’s office that has stepped forth with the services they’ve provided two years ago to the people in Gilroy and continue to provide every day and will provide to the survivors, loved ones, and family of those that passed. It is a sad day in Santa Clara County history, but I’m very proud of the response, including the unions that have come forward with funding and help. Santa Clara County is a family, and you’re seeing that go into effect today. My condolences to all the family members and friends of those that passed today.
Clara Chavez: (16:37)
Thank you. Let me start by just reminding everybody that the backbone of Santa Clara County throughout COVID-19 was all the essential workers, and none were more essential than making sure people could get to their places of work. And VTA never stopped. It didn’t stop light rail. It didn’t stop buses. It didn’t stop helping move people from point A to point B. These heroes that we all learned how to call essential workers, heroes, we’re now calling on them to be heroes again.
Clara Chavez: (17:08)
There is a fund that’s been set up for these families, and by going to workingpartnerships.org, anybody who wants to make a contribution to the families that have been impacted, the VTA families that have been impacted, can do that directly by going to workingpartnershipsusa.org.
Clara Chavez: (17:24)
I just want to close with this point. While my heart breaks, I can’t stop thinking about what we could all be doing differently to stop this in our community, so that this doesn’t become something that just happens here, but something that should never happen. And thank all of you for being here. Thank you.
Deputy Russell Davis: (17:48)
I next want to introduce the mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo.
Sam Liccardo: (17:55)
It’s been said before, but it’s worth saying again. Our hearts are broken for the family members that have lost their loved ones, for VT-
Speaker 2: (18:03)
For the family members that have lost their loved ones, for our VTA family members who have lost their friends and colleagues. I’m joined here by Councilmember Raul Peralez, who himself lost a dear friend. Councilmember Matt Mahan. These are members of our community. These are members of our families. And right now this moment is for mourning and for supporting those families and friends and loved ones. And we’re going to do everything we can here at the city with all of our partners, and I’m so grateful for how everyone has stepped up, the Valley Transportation Authority, the county, and to have the governor come down here. Literally came down here, said, I don’t need to speak to anybody on any stage or anything. I just want to be here for the families. For hours he spent with the rest of us simply to be here with us. Everyone has stepped up in such a tremendous way, showing the heart of our community and how we care in times of tragedy.
Speaker 2: (19:04)
Tomorrow, we’re going to have a visual at 6:00 PM at San Jose City Hall. We know that our entire community will need this moment and many others to mourn together. And so we want to bring people together to be able to at least share a common humanity, particularly given all that we’ve been through over the last year and a half this is a time when we need to be together. I want to thank Working Partnerships USA and South Bay Labor Council for setting up a fund and we encourage anyone who wants to give to help support families in this difficult time to please give generously to that fund.
Speaker 2: (19:49)
As Supervisor Chavez said so well, these are the women and men who support our community through this pandemic. They showed up at work every day as essential workers, despite risk to their own health. And they did it because they understood their mission, their commitment to public service. We owe them and their families so much. And I am so grateful for the San Jose Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office that responded so quickly, undoubtedly saving lives as a result. We will continue to show our resolve as a community to come together. And as the governor indicated, we’ve got a lot of work to do to start to work on solutions. That work is still ahead of us. For now we focus on everything we can do to support these families and their loved ones. Thank you.
Deputy Russell Davis: (20:43)
I’ll pass it off to a Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Special Agent in charge of the San Francisco office. Craig Fair.
Craig Fair: (20:59)
My name is Craig Fair, I’m the Special Agent charge of the San Francisco division of the FBI here in the Bay Area. On behalf of the FBI, I would like to express our condolences to the families of victims, to VTA family, and to the city of San Jose in the wake of this tragic crisis of which the FBI is no stranger to responding to. The FBI is assisting the city of San Jose, the San Jose Police Department and Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office in this investigation that they are lead. We are providing assistance in the form of evidence response and recovery. We are flying national assets from Quantico, Virginia. We will be providing ballistics technical forensic equipment and analysis. We will be bringing teams in from other divisions throughout the FBI to assist in the analysis of the crime scene.
Craig Fair: (21:59)
That is going to take some time. It is complex. We are very deliberate. We are required to map and catalog evidence, and that is going to take some time and I’m asking your patients in that process. We are also providing victim assistance, victim services during this crisis to help families heal in the wake of this. We will be here as long as needed and continue to provide that assistance. I would also like to commend the first responders, the officers who went in at their own peril to assist in taking out victims from that crime scene. Thank you very much.
Special Agent, could you describe a little bit how complex this is? It looks like it’s multiple buildings, you’re already starting to map and I see some of that. You’re talking multiple locations, right?
Craig Fair: (22:57)
It is multiple locations. As I said, it’s a very sizable crime scene. We are currently in there looking at how we need to go and how we need to process that. That is also going to take some time before we actually start processing the scene.
Any idea how long? Days? Weeks?
Craig Fair: (23:13)
Potentially looking at days, but I don’t want to get into that right now [Steven 00:23:18].
Deputy Russell Davis: (23:18)
Pass it off to Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, ATF, Assistant Special Agent in charge Joshua Jackson.
Governor Gavin Newsom: (23:28)
Good afternoon. My name is Joshua Jackson. I’m the Assistant Special Agent in charge with ATF San Francisco field division. ATF definitely wants to express our deepest condolences to the victims who lost their lives or injured, the families and friends of those individuals, as well as the community at large, who are suffering at this time. ATF is here supporting this investigative effort, as well as providing all of our experts in firearms, arson, explosives to include are certified fire investigators, our certified explosive specialists, as well as our explosive detection canines. In addition to our personnel, we also providing firearm ballistics information and resources related to our National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, NIBIN, as well as tracing. ATF is committed to reducing violent crime throughout all the communities that we serve throughout the United States. And we’re committed to see this one through, supporting investigative partners here and this investigative team. Thank you.
Joshua. Can you talk about the different dogs? We’ve seen all kinds, they have different specialties. Can you talk about that?
Governor Gavin Newsom: (24:42)
I can comment on the ATF explosive detection canines that we have. Currently, we have five ATF explosive detection canines that have been deployed to support investigative efforts and those canines being deployed on the scene right now.
Talk about the importance of NIBIN in this case.
Governor Gavin Newsom: (25:02)
NIBIN’s important as far as it provides ATF and our investigative resources and the ability to be able to trace firearms and ballistics evidence to link it to other firearm crimes or other crimes that might be involved. It’s not to say that the evidence here has not been processed for NIBIN yet, the crime scene is still being processed as we speak, evidence is still being taken into custody. That will take place at a later date. Thank you.
You will use NIBIN, is that correct?
Deputy Russell Davis: (25:30)
So we’re going to pass it off next to the San Jose Police Department Chief Anthony Mata.
Anthony Mata: (25:37)
Good afternoon. Want to extend my sincere condolences to the victims, family and our community. There’s no doubt that the courageous acts of our men and women at the San Jose Police Department saved lives and help rescue the over 40 employees that were present at this facility. Again, I’m extremely proud at the partnership that we have with our sheriff’s department, the fire department, our federal partners, again, to limit the loss and the tragedy that has occurred today. We are here to support our community, our families, and our law enforcement partners, as we help them with their investigation. Thank you for your continued support of the San Jose Police Department and of all law enforcement here in the county.
Deputy Russell Davis: (26:37)
Next I’m going to introduce the San Jose Fire Department Chief Robert Sapien Jr.
Robert Sapien Jr.: (26:45)
Good afternoon. My name is Robert Sapien, San Jose Fire Department Fire Chief. This morning at about 6:30 AM, three significant incidents unfolded that required us to mobilize all of our on- duty available resources. Unfortunately, the second of those events-
Robert Sapien Jr.: (27:03)
On duty available resources. Unfortunately, the second of those events was the younger incident where our personnel were dispatched to an emergency medical services call. And ultimately, we learned it was this active shooter event. Our personnel very quickly employed their training and equipment, which allows them to tactically integrate with law enforcement officers. In today’s event, there is some relief in reporting to you that the operations could not have gone more efficiently or effectively. The training that our firefighters receive in cooperation with our law enforcement partners allows them to treat trauma victims as quickly as possible to give them their best chance at survival. At today’s event, as I said, operations ran as trained. And so we are very thankful that we were able to be here to provide assistance. We were very sad for the losses in our community and we continue to be present to support our community. Thank you.
Deputy Russell Davis: (28:26)
So I’m going to introduce next is Jean Cohen from the South Bay Labor Council.
Jean Cohen: (28:38)
Good afternoon, my name is Jean Cohen. I’m the executive officer of the South Bay Labor Council. We are here with all the working men and women in Santa Clara County to stand with our ATU brothers and sisters. Today is about supporting victims. It’s about sending love and support to everyone who came to work this morning, intending on serving the public and ended up not going home. It’s unacceptable. And what we’re asking for right now is for there to be respect and love that’s dedicated and shown to all of these workers. They need money. They need support. And we need to make sure that their families are also being respected in terms of giving them their space to mourn. So thank you so much for the opportunity to make sure that all of our workers have the opportunity to let you know that when you go to work, you should be able to go back safely. And that right now, we’re going to be making sure that as a family, we’re taking care of each other. Thank you very much.
Sheriff Laurie Smith: (29:35)
Okay. I just would like to close by saying, this is an active Sheriff’s office investigation, and we will continue to provide you updates. But again, the deputy sheriffs from the Sheriff’s office, the officers from San Jose police department ran into the building where shots were being fired. And I know that it saved many lives. Thanks to the fire department, also. So being part of our active shooter protocol and our rescue team. So we had some heroics that I think resulted in a diminished loss of life. We’re real proud of the people who serve in this county and that responded to this incident. And we will take some questions and you can direct the questions at any of the speakers if you would like.
Speaker 3: (30:25)
Can you please explain, even in general terms, where the fatalities were located? Were they all located inside a building on a particular level? If you could explain what that building was used for as well, that would be helpful.
Deputy Russell Davis: (30:39)
So in regards with fatalities and locations, like I was saying earlier, it’s still preliminary at this point. So one, we have to get the Sheriff’s office bomb squad in there to clear the area for investigators to go in and conduct the investigation. So there’s going to be a very timely and methodical situation. So it’s going to take a lot of time. So I don’t have that information at this point.
Speaker 4: (30:55)
So all the bodies were found inside a facility, in a building or outdoors?
Deputy Russell Davis: (31:01)
It’s within that facility area. I don’t have those answers at this point. It’s still preliminary. It can be either. I don’t have that information at this point, still preliminary.
Speaker 5: (31:08)
Was anybody wounded? You talk about nine dead, including the shooter. Were there others that were injured?
Deputy Russell Davis: (31:14)
On top of the fatalities that I mentioned, there was one person at a local trauma hospital that is listed in critical condition at this point.
Speaker 6: (31:24)
Was the shooter a legal gun owner and can you say what the weapon was that he used?
Deputy Russell Davis: (31:27)
Right now, I don’t have that information in regards to what weapon was used and that information.
Speaker 7: (31:31)
So are there bodies that are still inside the facility that you have not been able to recover and remove yet? And is that why there has been some delay in definitively telling family members what’s happened to loved ones that they can’t get in contact with?
Deputy Russell Davis: (31:46)
Yeah, so we have investigators on scene with the Santa Clara county coroner’s office right now. So they’re doing their investigation to follow up, to see what they have and also contact the next of kin. We just want to make sure we ensure the privacy for the family and loved ones that were involved in this situation.
Speaker 8: (32:00)
Were there any weapons recovered from the house?
Deputy Russell Davis: (32:02)
Speaker 8: (32:02)
Were there any weapons recovered from the house?
Deputy Russell Davis: (32:05)
That’s still ongoing, weapons regarding with the suspect’s house, we don’t have that information right now. It’s still ongoing in that case.
Speaker 6: (32:11)
What was the connection between the fire at his house and the shooting? Did the fire erupt before he left to go to…
Deputy Russell Davis: (32:18)
So I know there’s some speculation saying there’s a house fire within the city of San Jose, and then something involvement with this. Again, we’re using the investigators to see and determine if there is any type of connection to that case, but right now it’s still preliminary and ongoing. Yes, sir.
Speaker 9: (32:30)
Can you confirm more victims were found at the gunman’s home?
Deputy Russell Davis: (32:33)
I don’t have that information at this point. So in regards with the house fire. Any other questions?
Speaker 10: (32:39)
[crosstalk 00:32:39] were discovered or indicated by an explosion detecting dog in the building?
Deputy Russell Davis: (32:45)
Correct. So there’s an explosives detection dog, an EOD dog is what we call, that detected on a suspicious device. Immediately, we activated the Santa Clara county Sheriff’s office bomb squad, and they’re going to use their protocol and pretty much canvass that whole area to ensure that it’s safe for our investigators to go in and conduct their investigation at that point. So it’s going to be a very timely, methodical. We’re going to be there throughout the night to clear every room and every crevice of that building. We know that it is a very big building and we’re going to use everything because we want to ensure the safety for the deputies and investigators and everyone else around that it’s clear and safe in that case. Yes?
Speaker 11: (33:17)
Are they just searching the building? Will they also search the light rail trains, tracks, the area around?
Deputy Russell Davis: (33:22)
We’re going to search everywhere. We’re going to do everything in all our, in all do for us. And we’re going to use all the resources that we have. And that’s why we have multiple surrounding law enforcement agencies here, including federal agencies to assist us with this investigation.
Speaker 12: (33:36)
Who placed the calls to 911? Was it people inside the building?
Deputy Russell Davis: (33:39)
I don’t know if it was a passer-by or somebody inside the building that called 911, but it got received to us at 6:34 this morning.
Speaker 13: (33:46)
[inaudible 00:33:46] when this happened?
Deputy Russell Davis: (33:50)
I don’t know if they’re in the same place. I know that they’re employees. I’ll tell you that the suspect that was deceased is an employee from BTA. One more question, then we’re going to wrap it up.
Speaker 14: (34:06)
Is the fire chief…
Deputy Russell Davis: (34:06)
Speaker 15: (34:06)
Can you describe the explosives that were found?
Deputy Russell Davis: (34:07)
Explosives, it’s still preliminary. The bomb squad’s doing everything they can to utilize and find…
Speaker 15: (34:11)
Bombs or explosive material?
Deputy Russell Davis: (34:12)
Everything. We’re going to use everything from precursor chemicals to any type of explosive devices, to any type of objects and materials. We’re going to use all of that and determine exactly what we have.
Speaker 16: (34:21)
You said a dog sniffed one. Has any more been found or is it just the one for right now?
Deputy Russell Davis: (34:25)
Once, we have one type of… When the dog smells on something and it has a scent we’re going to activate the bomb squad and we’re going to utilize those resources from there.
Speaker 17: (34:31)
Did the shooting happen during a union meeting?
Deputy Russell Davis: (34:35)
I don’t know, but that’s still again preliminary. And then we’re still trying to get that information, but I’ll tell you right now, just to wrap things up, this is our last press conference for today regarding this incident. Again, please give us patience and time with this. We want to be very methodical and very transparent and make sure we do a thorough investigation on this. So please give us time. I know you want more information, please bear with us. And then once we have more information, we will send out an updated press release statement from our agency. Okay. Thank you everybody.
Speaker 18: (35:02)
[crosstalk 00:35:02] fire chief about the three different incidents? What were the three different incidents that utilized all your resources?