Gilroy California, known as the ‘Garlic Capital of the World’ had witnessed terrifying moments as a 19-year old opened fire at the famous food festival that took place in the city.
Santino William Legan, 19, seemed to randomly target people with an AK-47-type gun, killing two children, a man in his 20s, and wounding many others. After the police responded, he turned his weapon on the officers, who then shot and killed Legan, who legally acquired the riffle this month. Legan’s motive is still unknown, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said.
The shooter seemed to have had some kind of help, Smithee said, as multiple witnesses reported a second suspect. The suspect is being hunted down at the moment.
Six-year-old Stephen Romero, a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20s were killed. The police officers did not reveal the names of the other two victims. The injured were transported to several hospitals, and their conditions varied from fine to critical, with some victims needing surgery. Five of the wounded people were released at the date.
Even though apparently Santino Legan had not lived in the two-story home of Legans, which was located less than a mile from the garlic festival, the police searched it thoroughly. They also checked the car parked outside before leaving the house with paper bags and more evidence.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival included food, cooking contests and music, being a basic event in the city for decades now. Officials stated that police, paramedics and firefighters were present at the festival.
When the shooting started, on Sunday, the third and last day of the event, the band TinMan was performing. Singer Jack van Breen stated that he spotted a man dressed in a green shirt fire into the food area. The audience started screaming and running, hiding wherever they could.