Gilroy shooter's 'target list' spurs domestic terrorism probe

Gilroy shooter's 'target list' spurs domestic terrorism probe

The gunman, Santino William Legan, 19, left no manifesto, and there is no evidence that he was inspired by previous mass shootings, said Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent-in-charge John Bennett.

Authorities said in a Tuesday press conference that the gunman had a "target list" that included religious groups, U.S. buildings and both political parties.

Keyla was one of three people killed and 13 injured July 28 at the popular food festival.

Among the possible sites identified by Santino William Legan, aged 19, were religious institutions, political organizations involving the two main parties, federal buildings and courthouses.

Legan fired 39 rounds and the three officers who confronted him fired 18, Smithee said, and Legan had more than 200 rounds of ammunition on or near his body.

The domestic terrorism investigation was opened after FBI officials uncovered digital evidence indicating the suspected shooter, Santino Legan, 19, was influenced by "violent ideologies" and acted upon them.

Bennett added that several people have asked why the domestic terrorism investigation wasn't opened sooner amid reports of white supremacist and anti-Semitic propaganda tied to his social media account and anti-Islam literature and supplies for a large-scale attack found in his Nevada home. Investigators are trying to determine "what if any ideology he had actually settled on" and "who, if anyone, he may have been in contact with regarding these ideologies", Bennett said.

It was the first of three mass shootings within a week that killed a total of 34 people in Gilroy, Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. He declined to provide specifics on the targets, but said law enforcement officials were reaching out to notify them. The weapon looks like a military-style AK-47.

"We have never and would never condone the hateful thoughts and ideologies that led to this event, and it is impossible to reconcile this with the son we thought we knew", the family said in a statement released by attorney Chuck Smith.

Legan had a 75-round drum magazine and five 40-round magazines as he carried out the attack. "To the families of Stephen Romero, Keyla Salazar, Trevor Irby, and to the injured that survived this tragedy, we can not begin to describe our despair at his actions", the family added.

Authorities also say they found additional magazines, a rifle scope, flashlight and shovel in a bag found in a nearby creek.

Three police officers engaged the suspect immediately and were able to injure him.

Police are also linking two other recent shootings to violent ideology.

Even though the shooting scene is back under local police jurisdiction, Smithee said Christmas Hill Park remained closed to the public as of August 6 as vendors and festival patrons continued to retrieve their personal belongings from the crime scene.

The FBI has opened domestic terrorism cases in two of the attacks. Federal authorities are investigating the El Paso shooting as a domestic terrorism case. However, the organizations on the list were "nationwide", not specifically Santa Clara County-based, he added.

"Having a belief system and also committing an act of violence does not necessarily make that an act of terrorism nor does it give a clear motive", Bennett said.

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