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Gilroy Shooting Update: What We Know

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FBI personnel (L) work near a ticketing booth for the Gilroy Garlic Festival two days after a mass shooting there on July 30, 2019, in Gilroy. Three victims were killed and at least a dozen were wounded before police officers killed the suspect.  (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Updated Aug. 2, 1:30 p.m.

As Gilroy residents grapple with the aftermath of a deadly shooting Sunday that left three victims dead and 16 people injured during the city's famous Gilroy Garlic Festival, investigators are trying to piece together a profile of the man they say was behind the attack.

Police said Santino William Legan, 19, of Gilroy, slipped into the annual festival, which attracts some 100,000 people, just as the event was wrapping up, and began firing with an assault-type rifle before police shot him to death.

While Gilroy police continue to look into reports from witnesses that there might have been a second shooter, Police Chief Scot Smithee said Tuesday it is looking more likely that Legan acted alone. He said investigators were able to track Legan's movements prior to the shooting.

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But Smithee stated that he could not definitively say there was no one else involved. He encouraged witnesses to continue to come forward with information. He said a shotgun has been located as well as a bag with additional ammo near the festival site.

On Monday, authorities executed a search warrant in Mineral County, Nevada, where they said Legan resided before the shooting. Prior to the search, Nevada authorities had no other contact with Legan.

"He appears to have moved into Mineral County this Spring and maintained a low-profile," said Mineral County Sheriff Randy Adams in a statement.

During the Nevada search, authorities collected an empty ammo box, as well as empty rifle boxes. They also collected a bulletproof vest, a camo backpack, hard drives and various tools, such as a pocket knife and a gun light.

Authorities releasing little information about shooter

The FBI said it was continuing to investigate a motive for the attack, as well as looking into the suspect's possible ideology or affiliation with any groups. Multiple media organizations have cited an Instagram account as Legan's, but authorities have not confirmed who owns the account.

Authorities also spent Monday searching a two-story home in Gilroy, said to be Legan's family home, as well as a car parked outside.

A family friend of Legan's, Jerome Turcan, told the Los Angeles Times that when he heard about Sunday's shooting in Gilroy, he called Legan's older brother, Rosino, who was in a car with a cousin searching for his younger brother.

Turcan said they wanted to be sure he was OK and were thinking of going to an emergency room to see if he was there. Turcan said he was shocked to learn the next day that authorities identified Santino as the gunman.

Authorities say witnesses to the shooting can call a hotline at 408-846-0583.

Weapon was purchased in Nevada

In press conferences after the shooting, Smithee talked about the security measures in place at the festival, including areas where attendees were checked with metal detector wands or had their bags searched. But police said that Legan appeared to have gotten access into the festival through a nearby creek and by cutting through a fence.

Authorities said the weapon used by Legan was purchased July 9 in Nevada.

The Associated Press reported that Legan purchased a gun similar to an AK-47 at Big Mike's Guns and Ammo in Nevada, where the legal age limit for purchasing firearms is 18. The age limit is 21 in California.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra addressed the shooting Monday, saying he believes, based on information currently available, that Legan likely violated numerous state gun laws.

"That weapon could not be sold in California. That weapon cannot be imported into the state of California," Becerra said. "There is a very strong likelihood, as we develop the evidence, that the perpetrator in this particular case violated California law, on top of the crimes of homicide and so forth."


Remembering the victims

Gilroy residents held a vigil Monday to remember the victims of the shooting: Stephen Romero, 6; Keyla Salazar, 13; and Trevor Irby, 25.

Family members told reporters that Stephen had just celebrated his sixth birthday. Keyla was described by family members as a "true wonder." A vigil was held for her Tuesday night in San Jose. Irby graduated from Keuka College in New York.

Another remembrance is planned for Thursday in downtown Gilroy.

Santa Clara County officials opened a family assistance center at Rucker Elementary School to help victims of the shooting. Those impacted by the shooting can go to the center for counseling, assistance in filing claims for state funds to help with medical bills, and referrals to other county services.

"The people in Gilroy, in this community, are strong and resilient," said Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen. "But many of them could use some help. And that might be information, that might be a cooler or a jacket that they left behind during the chaos of this shooting, it could be help filling out forms for different kinds of assistance — and that's why we're here."

Those who have personal effects left at the festival site can also go to FBI.gov/Gilroy to get information about their items.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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