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Garlic Fest Singer Says He Heard Shooter Speak - Page 2

As the father of a murdered 6-year-old shares wrenching words
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2019 8:06 AM CDT
Updated Jul 29, 2019 3:02 PM CDT

  • The Daily Beast elaborates on the book, describing it as a "proto-fascist book" from the 1800s that "glorifies 'Aryan' men, condemns inter-marriage between races and defends violence based on bogus eugenicist tropes."
  • CBS San Francisco spoke with the lead singer of Tinman, the band that was closing out the festival on Sunday. Jack van Breen says he heard someone yell "why are you doing this?" at the shooter. The answer van Breen heard: "Because I'm really angry."
  • NBC Bay Area reports Stephen Romero's mother and maternal grandmother were also shot and notes Stephen celebrated his birthday at Legoland just last month and was set to begin first grade.
  • The Mercury News reports Romero learned about the shooting via a phone call from his wife while at home in San Jose; he was with his 9-year-old daughter. Romero had opted to stay home so he could study for an electrical exam. "They shot him," Barbara Aquirre told him.
  • Romero says he rushed to St. Louise Hospital in Gilroy to be with his son and was told upon his arrival "they were working on him, and five minutes later they told me he was dead."
  • The shooter was killed and Reuters reports his motive remains unknown. Police are searching for a possible second suspect. Smithee says the shooter entered via a fence along a parking lot by a creek, thereby avoiding the metal detectors at the festival's entrance.
(Read more Garlic Fest shooting stories.)

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