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CrimeSan Jose gunman died of "multiple gunshot wounds of the head"

San Jose gunman died of “multiple gunshot wounds of the head”

The autopsy for Samuel James Cassidy (57), the VTA employee who murdered nine coworkers and then fatally shot himself in San Jose last week, has been completed by the Santa Clara County Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner.

In an unusual development, Cassidy was cited in the report as having had “multiple gunshot wounds of the head.”

Although his suicide, as previously reported, was confirmed, it appears that Cassidy’s first shot to his head was not fatal. 

A press release from Santa Clara County described the finding as “rare.”


People in need of mental health support can reach the County’s Behavioral Health Services call center at 1-800-704-0900 (option 2). Or you can reach the Suicide and Crisis Hotline at 1-855-278-4204 or text RENEW to 741741.


Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He has won awards for journalism (CA Journalism Award) and screenwriting (Fade In Award), and has served as a ghostwriter, speechwriter, or script doctor for over 3,000 clients. His first novel is a dark political thriller called "Red Dennis" (2020). His first nonfiction book is a guide for helping writers be more productive called "Ass Plus Seat" (2020). From 2020 to 2024, he co-hosted the "House of Mystery Radio Show" on NBC News Radio.


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