‘He Scares Me': VTA Yard Shooter Had History of Insubordination and Conflict

‘He Scares Me': VTA Yard Shooter Had History of Insubordination and Conflict

Records release by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency show the employee who killed nine of his colleagues in a May shooting spree had at least one verbal altercation with a coworker and had several dustups with management over violations of VTA policy and refusals to obey instructions. Although VTA says it’s still combing through thousands of pages of records, the agency released emails and records Thursday from Samuel Cassidy’s personnel file. The records include a quote from a prescient VTA employee following a January 2020 verbal altercation between Cassidy and one of his colleagues. “He scares me,” the employee told a supervisor. “If someone was to go postal, it’d be him.” The agency highlighted these four separate incidents involving Cassidy, though NBC Bay Area’s review of the record dug up several more potential signs of trouble. • July 16, 2019: Insubordination. Cassidy was sent home without pay for two days, as a result of refusing to follow company policy in signing out a two-way radio that was necessary to perform his job. • Jan. 29, 2020: A verbal altercation …
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