A couple who say they were the first goals of the Gilroy Garlic Festival survived by playing dead when he quietly asked them after he had injured them if they were okay.
Wendy Towner and her husband Francisco Aguilera sold honey at the festival on Sunday when they saw Santino Legan, 19, climb through a fence with an AK-47.
According to Wendy's friends, she shouted: & # 39; Hey, you can't & # 39 ;, which caught his attention.
He then turned to them and opened fire and shot Wendy in the leg and Francisco in the shoulder, the femoral artery and the lower leg three times.
Wendy Towner and her husband Francisco Aguilera were both shot but survived. They say they were the first targets after Wendy screamed at the shooter when she saw him climb a fence at the festival. Their son (photo) was pulled under a table by a 10-year-old girl and survived
Wendy told family members that shooter Santino Legan asked: & are you okay? & # 39; while the couple lay dead on the ground
The couple then died even when Legan approached them and asked: & # 39; Are you okay? & # 39;
They say this saved their lives.
An unnamed 10-year-old girl grabbed their three-year-old son and pulled him under a table when she saw the shooter approaching.
The couple says that her actions saved the boy's life.
Now friends are raising funds for their medical bills on one GoFundMe account.
& # 39; Wendy Towner has undergone surgery, has long-term nerve and muscle damage to her leg. Francisco (her husband) had more serious damage to his femoral artery.
& # 39; For both, it will be a long way in PT, skin transplants and plastic surgery. 7-10 + days in the hospital.
& # 39; Their son is fine and with family, & # 39; they said.
Wendy was shot in the lower leg and Francisco was shot three times in the shoulder, femoral artery and lower leg.
Legan was shot on the spot by the police. His motive remains unconfirmed
They raised $ 3,000 from the $ 10,000 they hope for.
Legan killed six-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar and 25-year-old Trevor Irby.
Stephen was at the festival with his mother and grandmother, who were both injured.
Keyla was also with family. The kind-hearted girl died after staying behind to keep pace with an older family member who used a walking stick to walk.
Fifteen people were also injured before being shot by the police.
Authorities feared he had received help to enter the festival, but they have not yet arrested a second suspect.
Legan's motive remains unclear.
The teenager shared a photo of the festival before he opened fire and mocked the & # 39; too high price being sold & # 39;
Thirteen-year-old Keyla Salazar, from San Jose, was shot when suspected shooter Santino William Legan, 19, opened the audience at the festival in Northern California on Sunday, killed three and wounded 15 others
Six-year-old Stephen Romero (left), from San Jose, and 25-year-old Trevor Irby (right), graduated from a university in Romulus, New York, were shot and killed during the festival
He lived with his family in a quiet street in Gilroy. The teenager legally bought his weapon in Nevada earlier this month and traveled along state lines to get it.
The store owner who sold it to him has since said he was happy when he made the purchase. He refused to apologize for selling the gun.
On social media, he shared racist messages to mixed-race people and complained about Silicon Valley & # 39; tw * ts & # 39 ;.
He even shared a photo from inside the festival before opening fire.
The messages appeared on an Instagram account where he described himself as Iranian Italian. It was removed by the authorities on Monday before his identity was confirmed.
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