October 16, 2021

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Gilroy Garlic Festival shooter identified as 19-year-old Santino William Legan

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A mass shooter killed three people including a six-year-old boy and injured dozens of others at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.

The gunman identified as 19-year-old Santino William Legan, opened fire on the crowds attending the outdoor festival around 5:40 p.m. local time Sunday, according to Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee, and was fatally shot within one minute by three officers already on the scene.
“It could have gone so much worse, so fast,” said Smithee, who thanked the officers on duty at the festival for responding so quickly.
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Santino William Legan, 19, opened fire with his “AK-47-type” assault rifle that he purchased “legally” in Nevada on July 9, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said at a Monday press conference.

Police believe Legan 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 security cameras at the festival, according to Smithee.

As the horror unfolded, officers at the festival quickly engaged the heavily armed Legan in a fierce gun battle and took him out, he said.

“Despite the fact that they were outgunned, using their handguns against his rifle, they were able to fatally wound the suspect,” Smithee said of the officers.

The Gilroy Police Department said 12 other people were injured.

The police chief declined to name the victims. They were later identified by family and community members as Stephen Romero, 6; Kayla Salazar, 13, and Trevor Irby, 25, a biology major from Romulus, N.Y., who graduated from Keuka College in 2017.

A now-defunct Instagram account bearing Legan’s name was created last week and posted two messages shortly before the shooting.

One included a photo of people at the festival and the angry caption, “Ayyy garlic festival time Come get wasted on overpriced sh–.”

Another paired a photo of a Smokey the Bear fire danger sign with the caption, “Read Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard. Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white tw–s?”

A mestizo is a person of mixed descent, commonly white and Hispanic or white and American Indian.
“Might is Right,” first published in the late 1800s, has been described as a white supremacist text that promotes anarchy while vilifying Christianity. The book calls Jesus the “true Prince of Evil” and says that the natural order is a world at war in which the strong must vanquish the weak and white men must rule over those of color.

Police had been hunting a second suspect since the shooting, but as of Monday morning, police not only have not announced a capture, Smithee said “we really don’t know” if there is a second suspect.

A motive for the shooting has not yet been made public.

Musician Jack Van Breen was performing with his band TinMan when he heard a pop and saw a man wearing a green shirt and handkerchief around his neck firing into the food area.

Van Breen dove for cover as someone reportedly asked, “Why are you doing this?”

“Because I’m really angry,” the gunman replied, according to Van Breen.

Monday morning, several police cars were seen outside the home of Legan’s father in Gilroy, a city of about 48,000 people.

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