3 persons had been shot and killed and as several as 15 other folks had been injured throughout the July 28 shooting.
Nate Chute, USA Now Network
SALINAS, Calif. – The Gilroy Garlic Festival gunman had a clown mask, wilderness survival guide and passport, amongst other things, in his car or truck at the time of the attack, according to a search warrant released Thursday.
The things had been identified in Santino Legan’s Honda Accord parked close to the festival grounds, authorities mentioned. The car or truck was registered in Nevada.
Investigators also searched his family’s residence in Gilroy as properly as his apartment in a remote location of Nevada.
Legan, 19, killed 3 persons, like two kids, and wounded extra than a dozen extra on July 28 at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. He killed himself throughout a shootout with 3 Gilroy police officers who confronted him in significantly less than a minute following the gunfire started.
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Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee mentioned police fired 18 rounds at Legan, who was struck many occasions when wearing a “bullet-resistant-kind vest.” The gunman fired 39.
Police also mentioned Legan had a 75-round drum magazine for his rifle, of which 71 rounds had been left. He also had 5 40-round magazines on or close to him at the time of the shooting.
Amongst the things identified in his car or truck had been digital devices, California and Nevada license plates, a shotgun, ammunition, a very first help kit, bottle rockets, an open bottle of Jack Daniels, and a camouflage pack with a fire shelter tent.
The southern entrance to the Gilroy Garlic Festival, as noticed July 29, 2019, consists of several trails that attendees made use of when fleeing the festival in Gilroy, California, on July 28, 2019. (Photo: Ayrton Ostly/The Californian)
He also had a very first help kit, Bushnell binoculars, a wilderness instruction manual, a Sig-Sauer pellet gun as properly as a pamphlet from the garlic festival in his car or truck.
Legan also had two driver’s licenses: 1 from California listing his household residence and a Nevada license providing his address as an apartment in Walker Lake, according to an affidavit requesting the warrant.
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A bag belonging to him found near a creek contained two loose rounds for the rifle that he had and a rifle scope. It also contained a flashlight, a shovel, two additional loaded 40-round magazines for the gun and four loose buckshot rounds for the shotgun.
Authorities found an AR-15 assault rifle and three high-capacity magazines in the master bedroom of the family home.
Police approach the Gilroy, California, home of Santino Legan, the suspected gunman in the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting on July 28, 2019. Three people were killed. Legan killed himself. (Photo: PROVIDED/Salinas Police Department)
A lawyer for the gunman’s family could not be reached Thursday. The family has said they were “deeply shocked and horrified” by his actions.
Based on an interview with Legan’s mother, authorities believe he purchased some of the gear and equipment used in the shooting at Nike, Best Buy and Big 5 Sporting Goods.
She identified one flashlight recovered was the same style as one he’d purchased from Big 5 Sporting Goods, according to the affidavit. In addition, he also purchased camouflage pants from Nike, which initial reports indicated a second shooter might be wearing.
Gilroy police determined he was the only gunman.
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The search warrant lists receipts found at the family home from Walmart and Big 5 dated just a few days before the carnage, though it does not describe the receipts’ contents.
Gilroy police referred questions to the FBI, which declined to comment.
On Tuesday, the FBI said it is investigating the shooting as domestic terrorism.
Describing the gunman’s ideology as “fractured,” FBI Agent John Bennett has said the FBI was continuing to dig through his online presence.
“He appeared to have an interest in variant, competing, violent ideologies,” said Bennett.
The domestic terror investigation started as a result of those findings on radical ideologies, which Bennett did not specify during a news conference Tuesday. He didn’t rule out the possibility the gunman was motivated by white supremacy, but could not point to it as the main cause behind the shooting.
“One piece of evidence does not necessarily constitute a motive,” Bennett said.
Bennett said there was no manifesto left behind.
However, investigators did find a target list the gunman had compiled. In addition to the Gilroy Garlic Festival, it contained religious and governmental institutions as well as political organizations that included both major political parties.
The gunman did not list any specific peoples’ names as targets, Bennett said.
A video posted to Facebook chronicled the events of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting and shows the chaos as people rushed to flee and transport those injured.
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Funeral services for one of the victims, Trevor Irby, 25, were held Thursday in Romulus, New York. The shooting also took the life of Keyla Salazar shortly before what would have been her 14th birthday as well as Stephen Romero, 6.
Coroner’s reports revealed Romero was shot in the back while Salazar and Irby were shot in the chest.
In a statement, the shooter’s family apologized to the families of their son’s victims, saying his actions are “impossible to reconcile this with the son we thought we knew.”
They also apologized to the community of Gilroy in a statement.
“We also want to thank all of our friends in the community, and people we have never met, who have sent us messages of support and compassion for what has occurred. Thanks to all of you,” the family said.
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