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    Here's what's "out there" at ~4:30 AM PDT:

    3 dead, 15 wounded: What we know about the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting

    A shooting at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California injured 15 people and killed 3 more, bringing a horrific end to the popular annual event attended by thousands.

    Gilroy police said at a press conference that officers engaged the shooter in less than a minute, though the scene was still considered active and nearby areas were kept on lockdown into the night.
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    Police shot and killed one gunman, who was wielding "some kind of rifle," shortly after he began firing.

    "It appears it was somewhat random, the way he shot at people," Smithee said. He did not provide any additional details about the gunman.

    Witnesses indicated there may have been a second suspect involved, but police are still investigating and have no identifying information on him, Smithee said.
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    Smithee said that at least 15 people had been injured at the shooting. Their ages, names and injuries are unknown.

    The injured were taken to several different local hospitals and their conditions ranged from fair to critical.
    Police: 3 killed, 15 wounded, suspect shot dead at Gilroy Garlic Festival

    GILROY, Calif. (KTVU) - Three people were killed by a gunman at the Gilroy Garlic Festival before police shot and killed him Sunday, the city's police chief said.

    Police Chief Scot Smithee said a second suspect could be on the loose and dozens of officers are searching the area. Smithee said the suspect who was killed came into the festival through a nearby creek by cutting through a fence. His name and age were not released.

    Smithee said Gilroy police officers were at the festival and "engaged the suspect" within a minute of the gunfire. Smithee did not say how many shots were fired or how many officers fired their guns. He said the suspect was armed with a rifle, but did not elaborate.

    It was not immediately clear if the 15 people who were injured were hit by gunfire or injured in other ways.
    Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting Gunman Dead After Killing 3

    GILROY, CA — At least one person with a gun killed at least three people at the Gilroy Garlic Festival Sunday evening. At least 15 others were injured though not all of them had been shot. The shooting started around 5:41 p.m. at Christmas Hill Park where the festival takes place.

    As of late Sunday night, police had not released information about the shooter or his victims. The family of a 6-year-old boy told KRON4 that he was killed in the incident.

    Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said at a Sunday evening news conference that the man believed to be the shooter was killed by police officers. He said that the officers were there within one minute of the incident. A heavy police presence at the festival is normal procedure, according to Smithee.

    Chief Smithee added that police believe a second man may have been involved in the incident. He said it's not clear if that person also fired a weapon or was there to help the gunman.
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    Smithee said it's believed that the men entered the festival by cutting a hole in a fence bordering a street. People who went to the festival through the official entrances had passed through scanners and were subjected to bag searches.
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    St. Louise Hospital in Gilroy and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center confirmed receiving 11 patients between them. Their conditions ranged from fair to critical.

    An official of the Santa Clara County Health System, Joy Alexiou said that some of the patients had been discharged from the hospitals.
    St. Louise Hospital is the hospital nearest the shooting. Valley Med Center at that time (festival traffic) probably would have been over an hour drive from Gilroy, though it is very large and could have received helicopters.

    Speculating/guessing: The second shooter idea looks doubtful though not eliminated. The shooter took advantage of the fact that crowds of people were leaving, both for targets and for police response to be delayed by the crowds and chaos of fleeing people. It sounds like the shooter may have done his thing without really trying to avoid getting killed.
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    Likely-suspect-grade possibilities - my speculations - abound:

    * Murderous crazy like Nicholas Cruz;

    * Gang @$%;

    * One of the many thousands of felons Federal courts forced the State of California to release early or a violent criminal who pled down to a crime that got a jail term rather than prison (Thanks, Proposition 140!);

    * Rando homeless dude;

    * Terror attack by a Jihadi or a drug cartel or human trafficking outfit.

    The dead shooter's name is known to police but has not yet been released. Apparently a news conference is planned for this AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SVPete View Post
    Likely-suspect-grade possibilities - my speculations - abound:

    * Murderous crazy like Nicholas Cruz;

    * Gang @$%;

    * One of the many thousands of felons Federal courts forced the State of California to release early or a violent criminal who pled down to a crime that got a jail term rather than prison (Thanks, Proposition 140!);

    * Rando homeless dude;

    * Terror attack by a Jihadi or a drug cartel or human trafficking outfit.

    The dead shooter's name is known to police but has not yet been released. Apparently a news conference is planned for this AM.
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    On Gilroy:
    The Trolls at Breitbart are calling the shooter William Legan.
    But William Legan was born Ali Asghar Vanabzadeh.
    His stuff is all being scrubbed of course..
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    https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/ga...-live-updates/

    CBS News has learned he has been identified as Santino William Legan, 19.
    The guy appears to have hated "mestizos" and "white twats"

    Santino William Legan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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    1. Legan, Who Identifies as Being of Italian & Iranian Descent, Posted on Instagram Before the Shooting. The Account Was Removed But Heavy Obtained Screenshots

    Legan also shared his views that include fringe white supremacist book written in 1890. Called “…one of the most incendiary works ever to be published anywhere,” by a noted anarchist, Legan quoted from the book in a post accompanied by a Smokey the Bear sign about fire danger. He wrote: “Read Might Is Right by Ragnar Redbeard. Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white twats?”

    ...Legan’s grandfather was Tom Legan, a West Point graduate who died in May of 2018. According to his obituary, The elder Legan served as a “captain in Korea as a Nuclear Weapons Officer and completed his military service in Germany. As a civilian, Tom was Western Regional Marketing Director for Kaiser Cement and was thereafter appointed and then elected as Santa Clara County Supervisor for two terms.”
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    Mother was Iranian. Grandfather's pic was on Instagram before it was scrubbed. Heavy.com has this pic:

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    So "Ali Asghar Vanabzadeh" was his Grandfather's name, not the murderous twit's. I speculated on the Cave that his Mother's family came to the US some time in the late 70s or early 80s, fleeing either the Mullahcracy or the Iran-Iraq war. That guess looks fairly good as to accuracy.

    I also speculated on the Cave that murderous twit was probably bullied by Hispanic kids and "white" girls refused to have casual sex with him.
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    Various sources claim that the perp was a fan of the book Might is Right. NBC did not actually name the book though. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-ne...ernet-n1035926

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Might_Is_Right Anyone who likes this trash is seriously disturbed.
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    Investigators find white supremacy, radical Islam materials in Gilroy shooter's home

    Investigators in Nevada have found evidence indicating an intent to carry out a large-scale attack as well as white supremacist literature in the home of a man suspected of committing a deadly Sunday shooting at a festival in California.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that a search of 19-year-old suspect Santino William Legan's home in Walker Lake, Nev., turned up empty ammunition boxes, a gas mask, a knife, reading materials about radical Islam and white supremacy, and a camouflage backpack.

    Also found at the home was an empty bottle of Valium, according to the Chronicle. Authorities are now searching computers and other electronic devices at the home for more evidence of Legan's online activities and possible further connections to white supremacist movements.

    “We continue to try to understand who the shooter was, what motivated him, and whether he was aligned with any particular ideology,” FBI Special Agent Craig Fair said at a press conference Tuesday, according to the Chronicle.

    “Reviewing digital media, historically, has been very revealing in terms of somebody’s mind-set, ideological beliefs, intentions,” Fair continued. “We’ve got to get into the computers, the towers, the thumb drive, the phone, to get a holistic picture of him and who he was in touch with, what sentiments and thoughts he shared with others, what he cataloged for his own consumption.”
    Sounds like there's something here for all who want to make this guy out to be some sort of political ideologue. IMO, a dude who is reading up on white supremacy and radical Islam ideas is neither. The two ideologies are pretty much irreconcilable.
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