GILROY, CALIFORNIA SHOOTING: GARLIC FESTIVAL LEAVES 12 INJURED AND 3 DECEASED
At least three people were killed, including a 6-year-old boy, and 12 others wounded in a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California. The suspect was wearing tactical gear and armed with an assault-style rifle opened fire Sunday evening. One of the victims killed was 6-year-old Stephen Romero. The festival was near the end of its third and final day when the gunshots were reported at about 5:41 p.m., saying that the gunman appeared to have cut through a fence to get into the event.
The suspect, identified as Santino William Legan, was shot and killed by the police.
Officials said the suspect appeared to be firing “randomly,” in the crowd. Police believed a second person may have been involved but that they didn’t know.
Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco declared a proclamation of a local emergency early Monday morning as the investigation into the shooting continues. Gilroy City Council member Dion Bracco and a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told NBC News that three people had been pronounced dead.
“I would ask for the thoughts and prayers of the community as our officers continue to investigate this tragic and senseless crime,” Velasco said.