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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on the Mass Shooting in San Jose

Newtown, CT — Yesterday, nine people were killed in San Jose, CA, when a 57-year-old man opened fire with two semi-automatic pistols and 11 magazines full of ammunition at the Valley Transportation Authority railyard. While the motive behind the tragedy is still being investigated, the shooter displayed extreme anger management issues, warning signs that were reported after the tragedy by his family, friends, and co-workers. This is the 232nd mass shooting in the U.S. this year and the 15th mass murder with four or more people killed.

In response to this tragedy, Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy issued the following statement:

“I grieve with the victims’ families and all those mourning the nine lives tragically ripped from this world yesterday. These lives are more than numbers in a mass shooting: they represent birthdays lost, graduations and weddings missed, and countless holidays that will never be the same. This type of loss should not be normal, especially when Congress has solutions right in front of them. How many lives need to be taken from us before Congress acts to prevent it from happening again?” 


Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to end school shootings and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. Through its life-saving, evidence-informed Know the Signs prevention programs, SHP educates and empowers youth and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others. Through nonpartisan policy and partnerships, SHP advances gun safety, youth mental health, and violence prevention education at the state and federal levels that protect all children from gun violence in their schools, homes, and communities. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Learn more at

Media Contact: 

Aimee Thunberg, Senior Director, Communications, Sandy Hook Promise | [email protected] | 646-761-5579