The gunman who opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California used an AK-47-style assault rifle he had purchased legally earlier this month, police said Monday.
Santino William Legan, a 19-year-old Gilroy resident, shot and killed two children, a 6-year-old boy, and a 13-year-old girl, as well as a man in his 20s in the mass shooting on Sunday, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said. Fifteen other people were wounded.
“Anytime a life is lost it’s a tragedy, but when its young people it’s even worse,” he said.
Smithee said three officers engaged Legan and, despite being outgunned, they fatally wounded him “in less than a minute.”
Smithee said that Legan had purchased the assault rifle in Nevada on July 9. Smithee said he believes Legan was living in Nevada with family members at the time he bought the gun. However, police do not know how long he lived there, or when since he returned to Gilroy.
He added that police have not yet determined Legan’s motive, “it seems like this is a random act,” he told reporters.
Smithee said police are still following leads about a potential second suspect being involved.
Over a dozen people were injured in the Sunday afternoon shooting at the world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival.
Police say that Legan is believed to have cut through a fence to get into the heavily guarded festival before randomly opening fire on attendees.