Gilroy garlic festival shooting leaves three dead

Three people, including two children, were killed after a shooter opened fire at a garlic festival in Gilroy.


NSFW    GILROY, CALIFORNIA — Three people are dead and about a dozen injured after a gunman opened fire at an outdoor festival in California on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Times reports that according to police, 19-year-old gunman Santino William Legan avoided security checks at the Gilroy Garlic Festival by cutting through a fence in the back area of the venue.

The BBC reports that Legan opened fire inside the festival with a WASR-10 semi automatic rifle, injuring at least a dozen people.

A six-year-old boy was shot in the back while playing near a bounce house, and later died. A 20-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl were also among the casualties.

Three police officers responded within a minute, exchanging gunfire with the suspect and fatally shooting him.

The New York Times reports that police have yet to determine a motive for the shooting. There have also been reports of a possible accomplice, though authorities say they are still searching.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the rifle used in the attack is banned in California. Legan legally purchased it in Nevada in early July.
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