FBI opens domestic terrorism investigation into Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting

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The FBI is opening a domestic terrorism investigation into the shooting that happened at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, authorities said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

In an updated chronology presented during a Friday press conference, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said officers shot Legan when they arrived, bringing him to his knees and then down on the ground.

Bennet said more work in the investigation remains to be done, but he confirmed the suspect did have a target list that included "religious institutions, federal buildings, courthouses, political organizations from both major political parties, and the Gilroy Garlic Festival".

FBI investigators are considering Legan's Instagram posts as they seek to determine his motivation and are exploring whether he was motivated by white nationalism, Bennett said.

The FBI says Legan appeared to be interested in conflicting violent ideologies, but authorities have not found a written explanation for his attack or any indication of previous violent behavior.

The FBI has opened a domestic terrorism investigation into a mass shooting at a California festival last month after finding evidence of "violent ideologies" on the gunman's digital devices, officials said Tuesday.

The announcement of a domestic terrorism probe in the Gilroy shooting comes days after mass shootings at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, that killed 22 people and one in Dayton, Ohio, that killed nine.

"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".

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The killer turned his semi-automatic rifle on himself in the midst of a gun battle with three Gilroy police officers a minute after the mass shooting.

"The case is ongoing and we can not provide any detailed information", he said.

Police have identified the man who opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival July 28, 2019, as Santino William Legan, 19. He had a 75-round drum magazine that fit into his weapon, and there were 71 rounds left in the drum when he died.

Mourners leave a funeral for Keyla Salazar, 13, on August 6, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. Salazar and two others were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28.

"Our family is deeply shocked and horrified by the actions of our son", the statement read. However, the organizations on the list were "nationwide", not specifically Santa Clara County, he added. Legan also had two 40-round magazines, and an additional 40-round magazine was found loose on or near him, Smithee said.

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

The FBI has seized from Legan's residence what a law enforcement source described as extremist materials, but Bennett, special agent in charge of the bureau's San Francisco office, pushed back Thursday on reports that Legan was motivated by extremist or white supremacist beliefs.

Authorities said Tuesday that Legan fired 39 rounds before he killed himself. Also found, in a bag that Legan left near a creek adjacent to the Garlic Festival boundary, two more 40-round magazines for the rifle, a scope, flashlight and shovel.

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