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US: ‘Multiple casualties’ after mass shooting in San Jose

Details of shooting at train yard in California are still unclear, but officials say the shooter is among the dead.

Authorities in the US state of California say a mass shooting in San Jose has left multiple people dead, including the shooter, and several others injured, but the exact circumstances of the incident remain unclear.

The shooting happened at the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) train yard early on Wednesday morning.

The rail yard is located next door to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department.

“We have multiple victims and we have multiple casualties at this point,” Sheriff’s Deputy Russell Davis told reporters, adding that there are “several people being treated”.

Davis said he could not provide additional details about the shooting but said investigators were on the scene “trying to figure out exactly what happened”.

A mother of a VTA employee told television station KTVU that her son said the shooting occurred during a union meeting, though authorities have not confirmed that report.

The San Jose Mercury News said the first news of the shooting came in at 06:34 local time (13:34 GMT).

“A shooting at the VTA facility on Younger St has left several people being treated, but the situation is still being assessed,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted shortly after 08:00 local time (15:00 GMT).

“The shooter is no longer a threat, and the facility has been evacuated.”

Liccardo later confirmed the death of the shooter.

“Our hearts are pained for the families of those we have lost in this horrific shooting,” he also tweeted.

The mayor said more information would be provided later on Wednesday morning.