Local family mourns 63-year-old victim of San Jose mass shooting

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(KTXL) — A Northern California family is mourning a 63-year-old victim of the mass shooting in San Jose Wednesday. 

Family identified him as Lars Lane of San Jose. Lane, who was a grandfather, leaves behind a wife and three children. 

Lars Lane, left (Courtesy Edward Lane)

He was also one of seven brothers and sisters and was three days shy of turning 64 years old.

The shooting happened around 6:30 a.m. in two buildings that are part of a light rail facility for the Valley Transit Authority, which provides bus, light rail and other transit services throughout Santa Clara County, the most populated county in the Bay Area.

Lane’s family says they were not informed about Lane until the evening, describing the wait and uncertainty as tortuous. 

“Why do we have to suffer 10 hours to find out alive or he’s dead,” said Lars Lane’s brother, Edward Lane. “There’s eight people dead on the floor. If they need someone to walk on the floor and find out if one of them is my brother, I’d be happy to.”

“If they’re not going to tell us anything, all I can fear is the worst. I mean information helps you heal, helps you come to grips with what’s happening. But waiting 10, 12, 14, 18, 28 hours, it’s horrific. That’s devastation,” he continued. 

The shooter killed eight people at the facility before ending his own life.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said it was his understanding the shooting happened during a meeting. Grief-stricken families sat huddled together, holding hands and crying, after learning they had lost a loved one, Rosen told reporters, describing the scene inside a county building.

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