California is still trying to make sense of a mass shooting that claimed the life of three people, including a 6-year-old and a 13-year-old, and left another 15 injured at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday. The gunman, identified as 19-year-old Santino William Legan, was shot and killed by police. Authorities have still not determined whether he had any accomplices.
The garlic festival is the pride and joy of Gilroy, a small town in Santa Clara County. It is known as a family-friendly event that attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.
The festival had security measures in place, but Police Chief Scot Smithee said the gunman appeared to have entered the festival grounds unchecked by cutting through a fence. The quick response from officers prevented further bloodshed, he added.
As of Monday evening, authorities were still searching the suspect’s homes and social media accounts to determine motive. They have determined he purchased his weapon from Nevada.
Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco has issued a state of emergency.
State, local, and national politicians have been weighing in on social media as well.
President Trump gives a statement on the tragic shooting in Gilroy, California. pic.twitter.com/pcrH72ctlg— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 29, 2019
This is nothing short of horrific. Tonight, CA stands with the Gilroy community. My office is monitoring the situation closely. Grateful for the law enforcement’s efforts and their continued work as this situation develops. https://t.co/GrtHjtCEz7— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 29, 2019
Simply horrific. I'm grateful to the first responders who are on the scene in Gilroy, and my thoughts are with that community tonight. Our country has a gun violence epidemic that we cannot tolerate. https://t.co/WqWNxGAQnA— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 29, 2019
Praying for lives and recoveries of each of the shooting victims at #GilroyGarlicFestival. We will continue to support our neighbors in any way we can.— Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) July 29, 2019
“My son had his whole life to live and he was only six,” said Alberto Romero. His son, Steven, was one of three people killed in yesterday’s shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 29, 2019
America cannot go on like this. For the sake of our kids, we have to change. pic.twitter.com/ja8kDlk7PT
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