The Gilroy Garlic Festival in California had an active shooter at around 5:41 p.m. on July 28. Three people are dead, including a 6 year old boy, and 15 are injured. Suspect was identified as Santino William Legan, 19, whom police shot and killed soon afterward. There is a manhunt for any accomplices.
Chief Smithee: Gun shots were heard around 5:41pm and officers engaged #GilroyActiveShooter in less than a minute. Witnesses stated there may be a 2nd shooter, investigation continues.
— Gilroy Police (@GilroyPD) July 29, 2019
The gunman began his deadly shooting spree near the Amphitheater stage at the festival after cutting through the security fence. One person reportedly who came face to face with him asked him why he was shooting people, and he replied, “Because I’m really angry,” as reported by Heavy.com.
#BREAKING: Video shows moment gunman opens fire on Gilroy garlic festival Sunday evening; 4 people killed (including suspected gunman), 15 others injured. [Warning: Potentially-distressing footage] #GilroyGarlicFestival #GilroyActiveshooter pic.twitter.com/Qiv7GW3j4V
— California Brief (@CaliforniaBrief) July 29, 2019
Stephen Romero, 6, was killed in the shooting. His parents were also injured.
JUST IN: Family has identified a 6-year-old boy as one of the victims killed in the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California. https://t.co/Q8SQaiqx4K via @NBCBayArea pic.twitter.com/ZfPp5gCUmX
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 29, 2019
Federal law enforcement sources told CBS News the FBI was among numerous law enforcement agencies at the scene assisting Gilroy police, who were leading the investigation.
[Chief] Smithee said the suspect or suspects appeared to have cut through a wire fence at a creek bordering the festival grounds to bypass heavy security to gain access.
There was no early word on a possible motive. Witnesses told CBS News the gunman appeared to be firing at random. Some witnesses said he suddenly appeared from behind a stage before beginning to shoot.
Witnesses stated he reloaded because the shooting stopped for a second, and that his weapon had an extended magazine. Others assumed he had a “machine gun.”
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a 3 day event – Sunday was the last day, and would have ended about 20 minutes after the shooting began. The Festival has been held since 1979, and raises money for charities. Gilroy is about 80 miles southeast of San Francisco, and is known as the “Garlic capital of the world.”
Legan’s social media account on Instagram was scrubbed immediately. Heavy.com had screenshots:
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