Athletics

Melvin, Bay Area teams share condolences on San Jose shooting

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San Jose mass shooting

Athletics manager Bob Melvin, a Menlo Park, Calif. native, said Wednesday that the morning's "awful" mass shooting in San Jose "[hit] home."

Nine people were dead and one person was in critical condition after a shooting at a Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) facility north of downtown San Jose, according to officials. Seven people died at the scene and another died at Valley Medical Center, a hospital official told NBC Bay Area. Officials said the gunman also died at the scene.

Wednesday's mass shooting is the Bay Area's deadliest since 1993, according to Bay Area News Group.

"It's awful, and there are way too many of these things," Melvin said Wednesday in a video conference with reporters prior to Oakland's home game against the Seattle Mariners.

"It always hits home. It hits home more so when you are at home. It's just awful. We play a baseball game today, but this certainly is way more important than that. Just hearts out to the families that have lost loved ones."

Mark Canha, an A's outfielder and San Jose native who attended Bellarmine College Preparatory, tweeted Wednesday his "heart is broken with those of my hometown."

The A's and other Bay Area professional sports teams issued statements Wednesday, condemning the shooting and sharing support for the victims' families, VTA and San Jose as a whole.

"This is a horrific day for our city, and it's a tragic day for the VTA family," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said, via NBC Bay Area. "Our heart pains for the families and the co-workers because we know that so many are feeling deeply this loss of their loved ones and their friends."