Police believe 19-year-old gunman acted alone at Garlic Festival


GILROY, California.- Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said after reviewing video of 19-year-old Santino William Legan leading up to the shooting on Sunday, officers believe there was not a second shooter.

“We want to put the community and people’s minds at ease as to whether there was another person that they have to be worried about,” said Smithee. “Our investigation is leading more and more to believe that there wasn’t a second person involved.”

Smithee said Legan was spotted at Gilroy stores before they say he parked his car near Christmas Hill Park, crossed over a creek, cut a hole in a fence, and fired an AK-47 style rifle into the Garlic Festival crowd.

“We have been able to track his movements around town leading up to the incident and in every single one of those he was by himself. He was not with anyone else,” said Smithee.

Smithee said after searching Legan’s car near the festival site, Legan’s other gun was found. A bag of ammunition was also found by police at Christmas Hill Park.

Officers are still working to determine why Legan shot into the crown Sunday night killing 6-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar, and 25-year-old Trevor Irby as well as injuring at least a dozen others.

“Why would someone do this,” said Salazar’s Aunt Katiuska Pimentel. “Why to an innocent kid. Just impossible to process.”

GoFundMe accounts set up by a Gilroy car dealer for the two children killed have already raised over fifty thousand each.

An Instagram with the gunman’s name had two posts from Sunday. One taken of the festival and another with a picture of Smokey the Bear with a caption including derogatory language toward mixed races and a reference to an author linked to white nationalist.

Christmas Hill Park is still an active crime scene but police are allowing certain people with vehicles in the Volunteer Parking Lot and Parkside Lot but they must be escorted by police.

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April 29 2021 12:00 am

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