Gunman leaves seven people dead in shooting by prison – police surround scene

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A gunman has left seven people dead after opening fire during a union meeting at a rail yard, foreign media reports.

The shooting took place at 6.50am local time in San Jose, California, near a prison and sheriff's office – with members of the public urged to stay away.

Officers have surrounded Younger Avenue and San Pedro Street by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail yard – where trains are kept – and the attacker is believed to have taken his own life.

The city's mayor Sam Liccardo tweeted: "A shooting at the VTA facility on Younger St has left several people being treated, but the situation is still being assessed.

"The shooter is no longer a threat, and the facility has been evacuated. I will update as more information becomes available."

An eyewitness told ABC7 News that they heard gunshots and saw people being evacuated.

The San Jose Police Department earlier tweeted: "Units are currently at the scene of a shooting in the area of Younger Av and San Pedro St.

"This is still an active scene and we ask that everyone stay out of the area while we conduct our investigation."

A VTA employee's mum told KTVU her son called her to say that he was now safe in the the sheriff's office.

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