Gunman in Gilroy Garlic festival, California shooting is identified as teenager who opened fire on crowds with an assault rifle because he was ‘really angry’,
The shooter killed three people including a six-year-old boy, a 13-year-old female victim, and a male victim in ‘his twenties,’ before being shot dead as police hunt for his ‘accomplice’
Fifteen people were also injured and many remain in various area hospitals
The gunman was named on Monday as Santino William Legan, a 19-year-old male from a well known Gilroy area family
He was shot dead at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California at 5.41pm Sunday
Witnesses say he was dressed in army fatigues, had a handkerchief around his neck and had an assault rifle
When asked why he was firing into the crowd, witnesses say he replied: ‘Because I’m really angry’
Police say he got into the festival by using bolt cutters to get through the metal fences surrounding it – The event, which attracts 100,000 every year to Gilroy [the garlic capital of the world], had metal detectors
Authorities believe the gunman had help and they are searching for his ‘accomplice’
The gunman from a shooting at a garlic festival in California on Sunday has been identified as 19-year-old Santino William Legan.
Legan shot and killed three people, including a six-year-old boy, along with a thirteen year old girl.. The third victim is described as a male in his twenties.
Legan was named on Monday as police in Gilroy, where the shooting happened, continued to hunt for his accomplice.
Six-year-old Steven Romero [photo], and three other people, including the shooter were killed and at least 15 were injured during the attack at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy
Law enforcement said at least one other person may have been involved in the shooting but that is unconfirmed. Witnesses at the scene said the shooter was wearing khaki shorts and a brown hat and carrying an AK-47 type assault rifle opened fire about 5:40 p.m. local time, 20 minutes before the festival’s 6 p.m. closing time. The rifle police said was legally purchased by Santino Legan in the Nevada area last month.
Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said it is believed Legan cut through a fence to gain access to the event, which draws tens of thousands of people each year. Videos from the scene show panicked people running as dozens of shots ring out.
The Instagram account that was registered under his name had been deleted by the time he was named on Monday.
Santino Legan who was shot dead by police after firing his semi-automatic assault rifle into crowds at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, an annual event which attracts 100,000 people to the small town, is a Gilroy native and attended Gilroy High School.
An Instagram page attributed to Legan identifies him as being of Italian and Iranian descent. The family is well known in the Gilroy area.
His maternal grandfather, Ali Ashgar Vahabzdaeh, born in Iran later anglicized his name.to Allen O. Baylor was an economics professor at the University of Texas, California Lutheran University and UCLA.
His paternal grandfather was a Santa Clara County supervisor, His Father Was a champion runner. The shooter’s own brother is a noted amateur boxer.
One of the page’s few posts said ““Ayyy garlic festival time. Come get wasted on overpriced s***.”
His last Instagram post, one made days before the shooting and two posted on Sunday, shortly before the shooting states: “Ayyy garlic festival time. Come get wasted on overpriced shit.”
Legan also posted about a fringe white supremacist book written in 1890. Noted individualist anarchist, revisionist historian and Holocaust denier James J. Martin called, the book, “…one of the most incendiary works ever to be published anywhere.”
Quoting from the book in a post accompanied by a Smokey the Bear sign about fire danger he writes: “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 twats?”
People flee after gunman opens fire at Gilroy Garlic Festival: Video shows panicked attendees fleeing the park as gunfire erupts in the background, continuing for several minutes
President Trump called him a ‘wicked murderer’ on Monday during a bill signing ceremony at the White House.
Among those killed was six-year-old Stephen Romero. Two others died who are yet to be named publicly.
Survivors said Legan told them he was ‘really angry’ when they asked him why he wanted to kill them.
Authorities believe he gained access to the festival, which was protected with metal detectors, by using bolt cutters to get through a fence.
They believe he had an accomplice and police are still looking for that person.
Other survivors have told how he was silent as he marched through the crowds.
‘He didn’t say anything, nothing. He did not even look from side to side. He just kept looking forward,’ Cheryl Low, who was working at the festival, told ABC.
Fifteen people, including a 12-year-old girl, were injured.
The two suspects are believed to have entered the festival via a creek on the north side, where they used a tool to cut through a fence in order to avoid strict security at official entrances.
Legan then fired his semi-automatic, stopping to reload at one point, and did not flinch as his bullets his children. Some witnesses say he moved ‘like a police officer’ because he was so efficient.
‘He shot one child and then he put the clip in and he just started moving back and forth walking toward the tents because that’s where most of the people were in that area and he started shooting,’ Cheryl Low, who was working at the festival, said.
Police say 4 dead including gunman in Gilroy shooting.
‘We were 10 to 15 feet away from him. It was… how do I explain. There was like a pop and all of a sudden we just turned and we saw him standing there.
‘He was reloading his gun, he was putting another magazine in and he just opened fire.
‘He just started walking towards our booth.
‘We just ran. It was so fast,’ she said.
Several witnesses reported hearing popping noises and then seeing a white male in his 30s wearing military fatigues ‘indiscriminately’ spraying the crowd with bullets from a semi-automatic weapon for several minutes.
Candice Marquez, 51, a honey vendor at the festival, said she was just 10 feet from the shooter when he opened fire, and saw him reload a clip of ammunition.
Witnesses said the shooter, a white male was wearing a green vest and khaki pants, was ‘very quiet’ and didn’t call attention to himself before he started spraying the crowd with bullets.
He was walking like a police officer. Like he wanted to get stuff done
Festival worker who witnessed the shooting described the shooter’s actions as ‘very deliberate’ but said he didn’t seem to be targeting anyone. Two of her colleagues were shot in the attack, she added.
Another festival worker told NBC Bay Area: ‘He was walking like a police officer. Like he wanted to get stuff done.’
The shooting is the 246th mass shooting in the US this year.
Steven’s dad Alberto Romero [left], speaking about the loss of his six year-old so on Sunday
The grieving family of the six-year-old boy shot dead at the Gilroy Garlic festival on Sunday have told how he was a ‘happy’ child with his ‘whole life’ ahead of him.
Stephen Romero attended the festival with his mother and grandmother when he was shot dead. His father, Alberto, told on Sunday of the moment his wife phoned him to tell him what had happened.
‘I couldn’t believe what was happening, that what she was saying was a lie, that maybe I was dreaming,’ he told Mercury News.
The boy was taken to the hospital where his father met him.
He hoped he would recover but doctors quickly revealed how grave the boy’s condition was.
‘They said they were working on him and five minutes later they told me he was dead,’ his father said.
He said his son was a happy child.
‘He was joyful, always wanted to play, always positive,’ he added.
Steven Romero was killed in the shooting. He was attending the festival with his mother and grandmother, both of whom were injured in the shooting
Multiple videos posted on social media show panicked attendees fleeing the park as gunshots ring out in the background.
‘What’s going on?’ a woman can be heard asking in a clip. ‘Who’d shoot up a garlic festival?’
One video shows two bloodied victims lying on the ground, while another showed victims being treated inside a trailer.
On Sunday, Stephen’s grieving father Alberto shared photographs of him on social media on Sunday night and also gave interviews where he said he had his ‘whole life ahead of him’.
‘I want to be with him until I can put him in his resting spot, wherever that is. My son had his whole life to live, he was only six, that’s all I can say,’ he said.
Stephen’s other grandmother, who was not at the festival, told KRON: ‘This is really hard. There are no words to describe [it].
‘Because he was such a happy kid, you know. I don’t think it’s fair.’
One witness told NBC Bay Area he was headed out of the event when he felt a bullet wiz by his head and saw everyone running behind him.
A woman told the outlet she heard popping noises and then turned around to see a man who appeared to be reloading a semi-automatic weapon.
Another witness said the shooting took place between food tents and from a child’s play area.
Heavily-armed officers are pictured at the scene as a suspect is believed to still be at large near Christmas Hill Park. Multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and ATF, responded to the scene
Armed officers escort people from Christmas Hill Park following the shooting on Sunday evening. The scene is still considered active because one suspect remains at large
Attendees are escorted out of the food festival under armed police guard after the shooting on Sunday evening
Gavilan College, located 3.2 miles from the park, was set up as a reunification site for festival attendees who were reportedly transported there by bus and in civilian vehicles.
The public was urged to stay away from the festival area and from Gavilan College if they were not immediately affected by the incident.
The three-day event is officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the World’s Largest Garlic Festival, attracting thousands of visitors each summer.
The festival is considered a ‘gun free zone’, and attendees say they were searched thoroughly before entering the park. Money raised during the event is donated to charity.
This year’s 41st annual festival featured a giant outdoor kitchen and ‘Pyro Chefs’ creating flame shows while cooking garlic calamari and scampi alongside booths serving pasta, pepper steak sandwiches at ‘Gourmet Alley’, the main food area.
There were also three stages with live entertainment, a wine garden, a cocktail booth and a children’s play area.
The three-day festival is an annual event that is officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the World’s Largest Garlic Festival, attracting 100,000 visitors each summer
Bedlam as festival goers flee the shooting on Sunday. A witness said the shooting took place between food tents and from a child’s play area
Law enforcement descend Police vehicles arrive on the scene of the investigation following a deadly shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival