Sam Cassidy legally owned guns used in San Jose VTA shooting: Sheriff

Sam Cassidy legally owned guns used in San Jose VTA shooting: Sheriff

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KRON) — As shock from the San Jose mass shooting turns to grief and reflection, California’s law enforcement leaders say they want to have an honest conversation about balancing the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment with protecting the public from mentally unstable gun owners. Sam Cassidy was armed with three semi-automatic handguns and high capacity magazines when he fired 39 shots, killing nine of his coworkers at the Valley Transportation Authority rail yard downtown. The FBI and Santa Clara County Sheriff said it appears that Cassidy owned the handguns legally, but the high-capacity magazines violated California law. Photos of Sam Cassidy provided by Cecilia Nelms Cassidy had depression and anger issues that he’d verbally unleash at home, his ex-wife, Cecelia Nelms of Santa Cruz, told KRON4 . “He would scream and yell. I was getting to the point where I was starting to feel kind of unsafe,” Nelms said. She had not spoken with her-ex husband in 15 years and did not recall Cassidy owning any firearms when they were married. “I never knew that side of him liking guns,” she said. Nelms left the marriage when Cassidy’s mood swings became worse. Lawmakers and police chiefs are reflecting on what went wrong and what California can do to prevent the next mass shooting. One of the VTA shooting victims was from Santa Cruz: Michael Rudometkin. VTA shooting victim Michael Rudometkin / (Facebook) His mother, Rose Rudometkin, told KRON4: “It is with heavy hearts […]

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