A 36-year-old Indian-origin Sikh man was among eight folks killed in the horrific rail yard shooting in San Jose in the US state of California, in keeping with media stories on Thursday.
Taptejdeep Singh, born in India and raised in Union Metropolis, California, has left behind his spouse, three-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, and a grieving Sikh group in the San Francisco Bay Space, which described him as a “useful and caring” man, The Mercury Information reported.
Co-workers on the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) hailed Singh as a hero, saying he left the protection of an workplace room, the place some colleagues have been hiding, to assist others escape the road of fireplace.
Samuel Cassidy, 57, a upkeep employee of the VTA, San Jose, on Wednesday gunned down eight of his co-workers and critically injured one other in a one of many deadliest shootings in California state this yr.
As police arrived on the scene, the killer died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
Singh was a light-weight rail operator on the VTA for 9 years now. He labored at a separate constructing from the place a lot of the different victims have been discovered, giving the impression that Cassidy had chosen his victims. Singh was fatally shot in the stairwell of a VTA constructing, the report mentioned.
Singh’s brother-in-law, P.J. Tub, one other gentle rail operator on the VTA, confirmed that the shooter and Singh have been in completely different buildings initially however mentioned nothing on the victims being pre-decided by the killer.
“He simply occurred to be in the best way, I suppose. He was at all times useful to everybody and caring,” Tub mentioned “We’re in very deep grief, Singh’s uncle Sakhwant Dhillon instructed the San Jose-based newspaper.
“He instructed folks, ‘watch out, conceal.’ He was working across the constructing to avoid wasting others’ lives. He was a great particular person. He helped everyone,” Dhillon mentioned.
Singh’s brother Bagga Singh mentioned he was instructed that his brother had saved a girl when he “rushed down the stairway, the place he was finally shot.
Singh could also be thought of a hero, however “he ought to have saved his life, too. We misplaced a great particular person, Bagga mentioned.
Emotional scenes have been seen on the Pink Cross Heart in the town the place households of the victims gathered after the incident was reported. Singh’s household, together with his father, hugged and cried.
The opposite victims of the shooting have been recognized as Paul Delacruz Megia (42), Adrian Balleza (29), Jose Dejesus Hernandez (35), Timothy Michael Romo (49), Michael Joseph Rudometkin (40), Abdolvahab Alaghmandan (63), and Lars Kepler Lane (63).
The motive behind the shooting isn’t but clear. Minutes after the incident, a fireplace was reported at Cassidy’s residence, about 13 kilometres from the VTA workplace.
The hearth was extinguished in an hour-long operation. Police mentioned a separate investigation is happening in the hearth.