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Garlic Fest Singer Says He Heard Shooter Speak

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
Police officers escort people from Christmas Hill Park following a deadly shooting during the Gilroy Garlic Festival, in Gilroy, Calif., on Sunday, July 28, 2019.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

(Newser) – Six-year-old Stephen Romero has been identified as one of the three people killed by a gunman Sunday at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. His father spoke to NBC Bay Area, and his words are heart-piercing: "There’s nothing I really can do besides try to be with him until I can put him in his resting spot, wherever that is," says Alberto Romero. Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee on Monday confirmed the shooter was Santino William Legan, 19, of Gilroy. The AP reports his family's home and a "dusty car" outside it were searched by police Monday.

  • A 13-year-old girl and 20-something man were the other two fatalities, reports the AP. A dozen others were wounded.
  • Smithee says officers were outgunned by the shooter, who used an AK 47-style rifle that was bought legally on July 9 in Nevada. Still, three officers managed to quickly shoot and kill the gunman.
  • CNN reports Instagram posts made by someone who shares the suspect's name (the account has since been deleted) reference a white supremacist book and included a photo of people at the garlic festival on Sunday just prior to the shooting. Rolling Stone identifies the book as Might Is Right.

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