8 killed in rail yard rampage

SAN JOSE, Calif. – A gunman opened fire at a light rail yard Wednesday, killing at least eight people in the latest shooting rampage to rock the nation in recent weeks.

Police spokesman Russell Davis said the gunman, an employee at the sprawling Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail hub, was dead, and other employees were among the victims. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said the gunman took his own life.

Davis did not specify how many employees were wounded, saying, “Numbers can change.” He did not say how long the gunman had worked at the hub or what kind of weapon he used.

“This is still a fluid and ongoing incident,” Davis said at a news conferencelate Wednesday morning. “We’re trying to figure out what exactly happened.”

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said bomb dogs alerted officers to the presence of explosives on the scene. A bomb squad cordoned off the area, she said.

There are many, many components that we’re continuing to discover,” Smith said.

Craig Fair, the FBI special agent in charge, said the crime scene was “fairly sizable” and is “going to take a while to process.”

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