Published: Fri, August 09, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Gilroy Gunman Had 'Target List' That Included Religious, Political Targets

Gilroy Gunman Had 'Target List' That Included Religious, Political Targets

The list has prompted the FBI to open a domestic terrorism investigation into the case in which gunman Santino William Legan shot and killed three people, including two children, on July 28 at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Thirteen people were injured.

Even though the shooting scene is back under local police jurisdiction, Smithee said Christmas Hill Park remains closed to the public as vendors and festival patrons continue to retrieve their personal belongings from the crime scene.

Legan was killed by police during the shooting.

"Due to the discovery of the target list, as well as other information we have encountered in this investigation, the FBI has opened a full domestic terrorism investigation into this mass shooting". His victims included a 6-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.

Authorities said Tuesday that Legan fired 39 rounds before he killed himself.

Candles burn at a makeshift memorial for Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting victims outside the festival grounds in Gilroy, Calif.

Legan's family wrote in a statement that they are "deeply shocked and horrified" by their son's actions.

Those organizations included religious institutions, federal buildings, courthouses, political institutions from both major parties, and the Garlic Festival, Bennett said.

"We have never and would never condone the hateful thoughts and ideologies that led to this event", the statement said.

The motive in the OH shooting remains unknown, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday afternoon that the deceased shooter, identified as Connor Betts, 24, had been "exploring violent ideologies".

The domestic terrorism investigation comes after renewed calls from Congress and the FBI Agents Association - which represents almost 14,000 active and former FBI agents - to look at cases from a domestic terrorism perspective. Three officers fired 18 times at him.

Investigators found a list of groups from Legan's digital media "that may have been potential targets of violence", Mr Bennett said.

But they said they had found no evidence that the attack was racially motivated. Authorities added they found additional magazines, a rifle scope, flashlight and shovel in a bag in a nearby creek.

While there is now no specific law against domestic terrorism in the US code, the designation does free up resources for local governments to more effectively coordinate with federal agencies, said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.

Authorities are trying to determine whom Legan may have been in contact with before the attack, whether anyone helped coordinate it and why he ultimately carried it out, Bennett said.

Opening a domestic terrorism investigation adds the Garlic Festival case to the FBI's "portfolio", allowing agents to take out subpoenas and search warrants for further investigation.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, a longtime member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, where the service was held, said Keyla's death showed the need for both state and federal governments to address mass shootings by improving background checks and mental health services.

Authorities have identified the three victims killed in the attack as six-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Allison Salazar and Trevor Deon Irby, 25. We will never forget you!'

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