The deceased gunman who killed three and injured 15 at a Northern California food festival Sunday night has been identified by authorities as Santino William Legan, according to multiple reports.
A law enforcement official confirmed the name to the Associated Press on Monday, ahead of an update that cops are set to give on the investigation at 1 p.m. ET. Other news outlets had reported Legan as the gunman earlier Monday.
Police said it took less than a minute for officers to respond to Legan after gunfire erupted at the Gilroy Garlic Festival at 5:41 p.m. last night.
“We had many, many officers in the park at the time that this occurred as we do any day during a festival, which accounts for the very, very quick response time,” Gilroy Chief of Police Scot Smithee told reporters.
Smithee said the gunman gained access to the festival by cutting through a fence near a creek area. He said some witnesses reported a second suspect, but police could not immediately confirm those reports and it was unclear if that person also had a weapon or may have been providing some support to the shooter.
The band TinMan was just starting an encore at the festival when shots rang out.
Singer Jack van Breen said he saw a man wearing a green shirt and grayish handkerchief around his neck fire into the food area with what looked like an assault rifle. Van Breen and other members of the band then dove under the stage.
During the chaos, Van Breen says he heard someone shout: “Why are you doing this? “and the reply was: “because I’m really angry. ”
The motive for the attack is not immediately clear.
President Trump, speaking about the shooting Monday, said a “wicked murderer opened fire and killed three innocent citizens including a young child.”
“We grieve for their families and we ask…
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