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What We Know About the Rail Yard Shooting in San Jose

A shooting at a rail yard in San Jose, Calif., left nine people dead, including the gunman, and others injured, the authorities said Wednesday. Many details remained unknown.

What the authorities are saying

Deputy Russell Davis, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, said the investigation was centered on 101 West Younger Avenue, the site of a maintenance and dispatch center for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

Deputy Davis said that the police started receiving 911 calls at about 6:34 a.m. local time. He said that deputies arrived at the hub and found “multiple victims that were shot at the scene.” He later told reporters that eight people were killed.

V.T.A. employees were among the victims, he said.

The gunman was also dead, Deputy Davis said, describing him only as male and a V.T.A. employee. He declined to provide details about the cause of death, and said he did not know what kind of weapon was used or a possible motive.

Deputy Davis added that bomb squad teams were working to make the area safe.

Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose said in an interview that “at least several people” were killed in the shooting. He said the facility had been evacuated.

“It appears that the suspect’s house is on fire but that there was nobody inside,” Mr. Liccardo said. “There’s a strange connection here between arson and the shooting.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said on Twitter that his office was “in close contact with local law enforcement and monitoring this situation closely.”

Where the shooting happened

Glenn Hendricks, the chairman of the V.T.A. board of directors, told reporters on Wednesday that the shooting took place in the yard of the facility, not “the operations control center.”

He described the site as a maintenance yard where V.T.A. vehicles are maintained and dispatched from. He added that the V.T.A. would suspend light rail service on Wednesday. “It’s just a horrible tragedy that has occurred,” he said. “I have no information about the investigation or what happened.”

Brandi Childress, a spokeswoman for the V.T.A., said employees were on the job at the time of the shooting.

“It is where we have dispatchers and maintenance,” she said. “They get up early and they are there. That is why the focus is on containing and evacuating employees. It is where we store and maintain all of our trains.”

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