The disgruntled VTA employee who killed nine colleagues in San Jose earlier this year expressed hatred of the VTA and dark thoughts about harming two people in particular, reveals a new report released by Customs and the protection of the American borders.
The information was gathered at San Francisco International Airport in 2016 when gunman Sam Cassidy returned from a trip to the Philippines. The drafted report raises new questions about why federal customs officials apparently never informed San José police or the VTA of what they called an “important encounter.”
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said critical information about Cassidy had not been shared with the San Jose Police Department. Rosen plans to meet with federal officials in the coming weeks to find out why and make sure this doesn’t happen again.
“I think what’s so concerning is that there are books on terrorism and then there is a handwritten notebook with animosity towards the people who worked at VTA,” Rosen said. “And then this individual blew up his house and killed several of his colleagues at VTA. It’s pretty scary considering what was discovered five years ago and what he ultimately did.”
According to the report, Cassidy mentioned that he wanted to harm two people in particular, but their names have been redacted, so it is not known whether they were among the victims of the shooting in the VTA yard.
Rosen said San Jose Police should have been informed of the results in 2016.
“I think marrying this border protection information to what VTA knew would have led to some sort of intervention with Mr. Cassidy,” Rosen said. “And like I said, maybe it wasn’t an arrest or a prosecution, but it maybe a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist or to some sort of workplace mediation that maybe took Mr. Cassidy out of the way he was, which tragically led to this horrific shooting. “
NBC Bay Area contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
Security experts told NBC Bay Area that there is often a disconnect between federal and local authorities.