4 Dead, Including Shooter, During Attack at California Food Festival, Manhunt Underway

A police officer dressed in SWAT gear speaks with fire crews brought in from neighboring communities at the first aid center at Gilroy High School following a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., on Sunday July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/David Royal)

The final hours of the famed Gilroy Garlic Festival were shattered Sunday evening when a gunman with an assault rifle opened fire on the crowd, killing three people and injuring 12 others, according to officials in the bucolic California city 30 miles south of San Jose.

A 6-year-old boy was among the victims, according to NBC Bay Area.

The gunman was shot and killed minutes after the attack began, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said.

“This is one of those press conferences that you never want to give in your community,” he said. “It’s sort of a nightmare that you hope to never have to live in reality, but we find ourselves in the circumstances where we have to live it today.”

The gunman has been identified as Santino William Legan, a 19-year-old who was killed by police within minutes of opening fire, sources told the Associated Press Monday

The attack happened at 5:41 p.m. as the popular three-day festival wrapped up, leaving visitors running for their lives and police looking for a man in camouflage with a “long-barreled rifle.”

Initial reports said the shooter entered the festival area from a creek area outside of Christmas Hill Park, where the festival was held.

Smithee said the shooter used some type of tool to cut through a fence to get into the festival, avoiding the metal detectors and other security.

Police said a manhunt was underway for a second person with suspected ties to the attack. A description was not released.

“We believe based on witness statements that there was a second individual involved in some way,” Smithee said at a 10 p.m. news conference. “We just don’t know in what way.

Smithee said he had no information on a possible motive for Sunday’s violence.

Names of the victims were not immediately released, but NBC Bay Area reported late Sunday that one of the victims was Steven Romero, 6. The TV station said family confirmed that Steven was shot along with other family members.

Stanford Medical Center had two patients from the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, spokeswoman Julie Greicius said. She had no details on their injuries or conditions. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center received five victims, spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said. She also had no information on their conditions.

Investigators did not immediately locate a weapon but found at least two magazines at the scene, according to police scanner traffic.

Authorities had the area of the festival and the surrounding woodland on lockdown as they continued their investigation.

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Source: Sacramento Bee