The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed Thursday that at least one Filipino was among the eight fatalities in a recent mass shooting in California.
“There are eight fatalities in the shooting in California. The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is confirming reports that at least one of them is of Filipino descent,” the DFA said in a text message to reporters.
“The Consulate General is with authorities to get more info and is ready to extend any assistance if warranted,” the DFA added.
Before taking his own life, a transit employee opened fire at a rail yard for commuter trains in San Jose, California, killing eight of his co-workers and wounding at least one.
Local authorities did not disclose the name of the gunman, but the San Jose Mercury News and other media outlets identified him as Samuel Cassidy, a 57-year-old maintenance worker at the yard.
The incident was the latest in a spate of mass shootings in the United States. At least eight deadly shootings were reported in the last three months.