CALIFORNIA (PM) — A shooter shirked through a fence and opened fire on a gathering dining and listening to music at a popular food festival in California, killing three people, including a 6-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, and injuring 12 others before police immediately shot him dead, authorities said.
Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee stated Santino William Legan, 19, seemed to randomly target people when he fired with a rifle Sunday afternoon, at the end of the three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival that draws more than 100,000 people to the city known as the “Garlic Capital of the World. He said Legan’s motive was unknown.
Police answered in less than a minute and Legan turned his “assault-type rifle” on the officers, Smithee stated. Three officers shot back and killed Legan, who lawfully obtained the weapon this month in Nevada.
The celebration in the agricultural city of 50,000 about 80 miles (176 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco had security that required people to pass through metal detectors and have their bags searched.
Some witnesses described a second suspect, Smithee stated. A manhunt extended into Monday.
Six-year-old Stephen Romero, a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20s were murdered, officials and authorities stated.
The injured were carried to multiple hospitals, and their conditions differed from fair to critical, with some undergoing surgery. At least five were treated and released.