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Households of San Jose taking pictures victims seek for solutions

Hours after the mass taking pictures in San Jose on Wednesday, Bagga Singh waited at a Crimson Cross middle with different members of the family to be taught the destiny of his cousin, 30, a prepare operator and father of two young children.

Singh, a resident of Union Metropolis, stated a location monitoring system confirmed his cousin’s cellphone was nonetheless in one of many buildings the place the taking pictures occurred. He and different members of the family have known as it a number of instances, and it simply rings, he stated.

He stated his cousin was certainly one of a number of family, immigrants from India, who work for the transit company, however the cousin was the one one on responsibility Wednesday morning.

“We’re simply ready for information,” Singh stated. Nobody, not even the hospitals, can present any data, he stated. He stated the household hoped his cousin may be with regulation enforcement being interviewed.

“There may be nothing we are able to do,” he stated. “We’re right here collectively to assist one another.”

Scores of members of the family and associates of victims sought solutions Wednesday after a gunman killed eight folks at a San Jose gentle rail yard and was quickly discovered lifeless with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities stated. All these shot had been staff of the Valley Transportation Authority, and late Wednesday, the shooter’s motive remained unclear.

The mass taking pictures befell in downtown San Jose, amid a cluster of public buildings, together with these for the San Jose police and Santa Clara sheriff’s departments. Each had been in a position to reply shortly, and officers may nonetheless hear photographs being fired after they neared the VTA rail yard, in response to Santa Clara Supervisor Cindy Chavez.

Santa Clara County shortly arrange a reunification middle a number of blocks from the bloodbath. Relations ready there have been moved within the afternoon to a Crimson Cross chapter a number of miles away in an industrial part of San Jose.

Chavez visited the reunification middle early Wednesday and stated members of the family had been “hurting” however getting assist and assist.

She described VTA staff as a tight-knit household, the place everybody is aware of each other.

Kasey Halcon, director of sufferer companies for the county district lawyer, stated that VTA staff and members of the family trickled into the reunification middle all morning.

“There may be a number of grief and a number of uncertainty,” Halcon stated. “There may be additionally a number of neighborhood assist.”

Bagga Singh waits exterior a Crimson Cross middle with different members of the family to be taught the destiny of his cousin, 30, a prepare operator who might need been on the website of a mass taking pictures in San Jose.

(Maura Dolan/ The Instances)

Ready exterior the Crimson Cross, Singh stated his cousin’s spouse was with different members of the family contained in the Crimson Cross, however they deliberate to ship her residence whereas they continued the vigil.

“It’s tense, you understand, very tense,” he stated. Some folks had been crying, he stated.

“Lacking, you understand, is sort of a massive drawback,” he added.

His cousin, whom Singh declined to establish by title, has labored for the VTA for a number of years, he stated. “He’s a really arduous employee.”

Earlier, Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke to a number of members of the family contained in the county reunification middle. Newsom stated many had been in ache.

“They’re ready to know if their family members are alive,” Newsom stated. “They’re dialing their family members, they usually can’t discover them.”

Newsom described them as “determined to seek out out if their brother, their son, their dad or their mother remains to be alive.”

“The truth that they will even get up and assist each other is outstanding,” Newsom stated.

A vigil for the victims was being deliberate for Thursday at 6 p.m. exterior San Jose Metropolis Corridor.

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