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Law enforcement uncovered multiple cans of gasoline, suspected Molotov cocktails, 12 firearms and approximately 22,000 rounds of ammunition in the home of the suspect who killed nine people in a mass shooting in San Jose this week, Santa Clara Sheriff Laurie Smith said Friday.

What they're saying: Though the shooter's motive has not yet been determined, "it is clear that this was a planned event and the suspect was prepared to use his firearms to take as many lives as he possibly could had Sheriff's Deputies not made entry to stop his rampage," the sheriff's office said.

  • The "disgruntled" suspect set his house ablaze before opening fire at a Valley Transportation Authority rail yard, where he was an employee. The sheriff previously said the suspect appeared to target some of the victims, per AP.
  • "It is believed that the suspect coordinated the destruction of his residence" and acted alone, the sheriff's office noted.
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Updated May 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Coroner identifies ninth victim of San Jose rail yard shooting

A woman posts a sign at a vigil for the shooting victims at City Hall, in San Jose, California, on Wednesday. Photo: Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

The Santa Clara County coroner's office late Wednesday identified a ninth victim from the shooting at a transit station in San Jose, California, AP reports.

The latest: The coroner's officer confirmed the death of Alex Ward Fritch, 49, who was in critical condition but died after being hospitalized. The other victims were identified earlier: Paul Delacruz Megia, 42; Adrian Balleza, 29; Jose Dejesus Hernandez, 35; Timothy Romo, 49; Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63; Lars Lane, 63; Taptejdeep Singh, 36; and Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40.

What we know about the victims of the San Jose mass shooting

A memorial in for the victims at San Jose city hall. Photo: Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Local authorities have identified the nine victims of Wednesday's mass shooting at a transit station in San Jose, California.

The big picture: Many of the victims were longtime employees of the Valley Transportation Authority. "Their jobs included bus and light rail operators, mechanics, linemen and assistant superintendent," reports AP.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
37 mins ago - Economy & Business

Why it's so hard to tax wealth

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The wealth tax that wasn't a wealth tax isn't even a tax, now. The Democrats had a meticulously constructed 107-page proposal to pay for a large chunk of their spending plans with a tax on billionaires, but it died ignobly on Wednesday, the same day it was unveiled.

Why it matters: The dream of a wealth tax will never die as it so neatly generates revenue by reducing inequality. But there are three main reasons why that dream is likely to remain just a dream for the foreseeable future.