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Gunman Identified in Gilroy Garlic Festival Mass Shooting

Gunman Identified in Gilroy Garlic Festival Mass Shooting


Gunman Identified in Gilroy Garlic Festival Mass Shooting

Gilory Chief of Police Scott Smithee answering question at the Monday morning news briefing.

Authorities say Santino William Legan, 19, killed three people, including a 6-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival with a rifle he legally purchased three weeks ago in Nevada.

The third fatality was a man in his 20s, and at least 12 other people — ranging in age from 12 to 69 years old — were injured in the attack, authorities said in a news conference Monday morning. That number does not include those with minor injuries that occurred as they fled the scene.

Responding officers quickly made contact with the gunman, who police said was shot and killed. Witnesses reported seeing a second gunman, and as of Monday morning the scene was still active, with multiple agencies searching for the outstanding suspect, police said.

According to Chief Smithee, Legan was armed with an SKS, an “AK-47 type” rifle, which was purchased legally in Nevada on July 9, he said, adding that his understanding is that Legan purchased the weapon himself.

It is believed that Legan, though originally from Gilroy, had been living with family members in Nevada, Smithee said, adding that he does not know how long Legan had been back in California.

Witnesses reported seeing a second individual who has not yet been identified or found.

“We’ve had multiple reports but different people give different versions so we don’t know at this point” if another suspect was involved or to what extent, said Smithee.

Police believe the suspect cut through a fence near the creek with a tool to enter onto the event grounds in Gilroy, which is about 30 miles south of San Jose. There were no posted security cameras at the festival, according to Smithee.

The FBI Evidence Response Team from San Francisco has arrived and is currently processing the scene at the festival, according to the official source. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is also there, along with various state and local police and fire departments, though no further information is available.

Law enforcement, including ATF, early Monday searched Legan’s home in Gilroy. Police and ATF agents were seen leaving the home with evidence bags.

Police said a motive for the shooting remains unknown.

“It seems this was a random act, but we’ve got a long way to go before we can determine what his motivations were,” said Smithee.

Craig Fair, a deputy special agent in the San Francisco division of the FBI who is assisting in the investigation, said the primary quest at the moment is to understand Legan’s motivation, ideological leanings and affiliations. As 30 members of the FBI’s evidence recovery team comb the scene, nothing has been determined and nothing has been ruled out at this point, said Fair.

Campbell noted the shooter was prepared, as demonstrated by the fact that he cut through the fence to avoid security and metal detectors. Among the questions that need to be answered is why the shooter wanted to get into the annual food festival, Campbell said, adding that the answer would speak to the gunman’s motive.

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Sean Walton is a researcher and journalist for The Daily Sheeple. Send tips to sean.walton@thedailysheeple.com.

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