Motive remains a mystery in San Jose mass shooting

Fox News correspondent Claudia Cowan joins ‘Special Report’ with the latest on the workplace massacre

Authorities in San Jose, California, late Wednesday night identified a ninth victim from a  gunman’s morning attack at a local transit agency facility.

The ninth person killed was identified as Alex Ward Fritch, age 49, the Santa Clara County medical examiner and coroner’s office confirmed, according to FOX 2 of the Bay Area. Fritch died hours after the gunfire, after being transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, FOX 2’s Greg Lee reported.

In all, 10 people died in the incident because the gunman turned his weapon on himself, authorities said earlier Wednesday.

Officials on Wednesday night had previously identified eight shooting victims, ages 29 to 63. They were identified as Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40; Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Timothy Michael Romo, 49; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; and Lars Kepler Lane, 63.

The names were made public by the Santa Clara County coroner’s office, journalist Azenith Smith of FOX 2 of the Bay Area reported on Twitter.

“The staff and leadership of the Medical Examiner-Coroner and the entire County of Santa Clara leadership want to express their deepest condolences to the families and individuals impacted by this senseless tragedy,” county officials said in a statement to the station.

Also killed was the gunman, whom authorities said turned his weapon on himself after the attack. He was identified as Sam James Cassidy, 57. 

Cassidy was described as a quiet employee of the San Jose Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) who had no criminal record, FOX 2 reported.

The motive for the massacre remained unclear, the station reported.

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