GILROY, Calif. (Reuters) – Police continued on Tuesday to look into what motivated a youngster to shoot guests attending a well-liked California meals competition over the weekend, killing three individuals, together with a 6-year-old boy and 13-year-old lady.
Justin Bates (R), a survivor of the Gilroy Garlic Competition mass taking pictures, is comforted by his father, Rob Bates, throughout a vigil outdoors of Gilroy Metropolis Corridor, in Gilroy, California, U.S. July 29, 2019. Image taken July 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kate Munsch
Santino William Legan, 19, lower by a fence on the Gilroy Garlic Competition on Sunday and shot individuals, seemingly at random, with an assault-style rifle, in accordance with the Gilroy police division. Law enforcement officials on the scene fatally shot the gunman inside a couple of minute of him opening hearth.
Police had obtained search warrants for a house in Gilroy related to the suspect and a automotive they imagine he drove to the competition, a decades-old annual occasion celebrating the produce farmed within the countryside south of San Jose.
Police and FBI brokers had been additionally wanting into unconfirmed experiences by witnesses that Legan might have had an confederate.
Shortly earlier than the assault, a few posts had been printed on what seemed to be Legan’s Instagram account, together with one that includes of Sunday’s competition. One urged individuals to learn “May is Proper,” an obscure racist and sexist tract written within the 19th century.
The put up additionally railed towards overdevelopment in close by Silicon Valley to construct housing for what he referred to as “hordes” of white individuals and Latinos with European ancestry. Legan described himself on his account as having Italian and Iranian ancestry.
Cellphone movies of the assault confirmed individuals fleeing previous tents in panic, as loud rapid-fire popping sounds are heard.
The three individuals who had been killed had been Stephen Romero, 6; Keyla Salazar, 13, of San Jose, and Trevor Deon Irby, 25, of Romulus, New York, in accordance with the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner.
Romero’s mom and grandmother had been additionally wounded by bullets within the assault, in accordance with media interviews given by Romero’s household.
At the least 5 of the wounded had been nonetheless recovering in hospital on Monday evening. A 12-year-old baby and a 69-year-old had been amongst these injured, officers mentioned.
Police imagine Legan, who was initially from Gilroy, bought the rifle legally on July 9 in Nevada, the place he had not too long ago been residing.
Police deliberate to carry a information convention on Tuesday.
Reporting by Alexandria Sage, writing by Jonathan Allen; Modifying by Scott Malone and Bernadette Baum