The owners of a gun shop in Nevada defended the sale of the AK-47-style rifle used at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, but said to the shooter to rot in hell & # 39; in an emotional Facebook post.
Three people, including two children, lost their lives on Sunday when suspected shooter, Santino William Legan, 19, slipped into the annual festival and unloaded an assault weapon before the police shot him. Twelve others were also injured.
On Monday, Big Mikes Guns and Ammo, what appears to be a home-based internet weapon store in Fallon, Nevada, shared a Facebook tribute to six-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar, and New York College graduate, Trevor Irby, 25.
& # 39; The shooter in CA, I hope you rot in hell. We pray for the victims. My heart hurts for all of them, & # 39; is in the Facebook post.
Another message on the gun shop page reads: & We have so much compassion for the families, I am deeply saddened that this could ever happen.
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The owners of Nevada gun store, Big Mikes Guns and Ammo, who sold the AK-47-style rifle sold at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, told the shooter in a Facebook post & # 39; rot in hell & # 39;
On Monday, the gun store, which appears to be a home-based internet weapon store in Fallon, Nevada, shared a Facebook tribute to six-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar and a New York University graduate, Trevor Irby, 25, who was killed in the shooting
Twelve people were also wounded on Sunday when the presumed 19-year-old shooter, Santino William Legan, slipped into the annual festival and unloaded an assault-style weapon before the police shot him. Festival goers flee the scene after gunshots have been fired
Santino William Legan, 19, legally bought the semi-automatic assault rifle this month. He would be forbidden to buy it in California, which limits the purchase of firearms to people over 21 years of age. The age limit in Nevada is 18 years
& # 39; Good people have been injured and this goes against everything I believe in. I have always said that we will sell to good people and have done everything to ensure that this happens & # 39 ;, wrote the store.
The post continued to say that the owners of the gun shop are following the laws.
& # 39; We are a small home business, selling to people who we believe are sincere citizens to promote safe shooting. I pray to God for all families. I didn't know this person.
& # 39; He ordered the gun from my internet page. When I saw him, he behaved happily and showed no cause for concern. I would never sell firearms to someone who did wrong or is associated with a bad group such as white power.
& # 39; Everyone is my brother and sister and I mourn the families. Mike, & it is # 39;
This month Legan legally bought the semi-automatic assault rifle in Nevada, where its last address is mentioned.
He would be forbidden to buy it in California, which limits the purchase of firearms to people over 21 years of age. The age limit in Nevada is 18 years.
On Monday evening, hundreds of residents held a candlelight vigil to mourn the three victims who were killed during the shooting.
& # 39; We cannot leave the b ****** that has brought us down, & # 39; declared Mayor Roland Velasco cheers.
It was the call that was heard so often after recording at schools, parks, movies, night clubs and festivals throughout the country.
From Washington, President Donald Trump condemned the & # 39; bad killer & # 39 ;.
Keyla Salazar (left), 13, was shot during the shooting after she stayed to help an older family member. The oldest victim killed was Trevor Irby (right), 25, who graduated in 2017 from Keuka College in the state of New York
The youngest victim, Stephen Romero (photo), described by his grandmother as a friendly, happy and playful child, had just celebrated his 6th birthday in June in Legoland in Southern California
This photo shows an aerial photo of rescuers walking between vendor booths at the shooting site the day before the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The shooting brought renewed demands for national arms control by California politicians, who already have some of the strictest firearm laws in the nation.
Gov Gavin Newsom called for controls on powerful, powerful weapons that he labeled as & # 39; weapons of mass destruction & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Today I met a 12 year old who was shot in a bouncy house. A grandmother grieving the loss of her 6-year-old grandson, & # 39; tweet Newsom.
& # 39; This is America today – the shootings are continuing. Loved ones are buried. Children are shot. And the congress does nothing. & # 39;
& # 39; It continues to happen, time and time again, on their damn watch & # 39 ;, Newsom told reporters. & # 39; I can't set limits in a neighboring state where you can legally buy this damn stuff. & # 39;
While the authorities searched for a motive for the murders, they noted that he had posted white supremacist positions. He urged his followers on Instagram to read an extremist 19th-century book on extremist websites.
It appeared with a photo of Smokey the bear in front of a sign with & # 39; fire hazard & # 39 ;. Legan also complained about the overpopulation of cities and the open space to make room for & # 39; hordes & # 39; of Latino & # 39; s and Silicon Valley whites.
In his last Instagram post on Sunday, Legan sent a photo of the Gilroy Garlic Festival minutes before he opened fire.
He wrote below: & # 39; Ayyy garlic festival time & # 39; and & # 39; Come be wasted on too expensive & # 39; items. Legan & # 39; s since deleted Instagram account says he is Italian and Iranian.
The reports are one of the first details that have emerged about Legan, because authorities say he seemed to fire randomly, causing people to run and dove under tables.
The police patrolling the event responded within a minute and killed Legan as he aimed the weapon at them.
Legan grew less than a mile from the park, where the city known as the & # 39; Garlic Capital of the World & # 39; has held its three-day festival for four decades and attracted more than 100,000 people with music, food booths and cooking classes.
On Monday evening, hundreds of residents held a candlelight vigil to mourn the three victims who were killed during the shooting
Survivors of the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting, Shannon Gilbert, Brendon Gorshe, Nick McFarland and Sarah Ordaz, will participate in the vigil outside Gilroy City Hall on Monday
& # 39; We can't drop the bastard who did this, & # 39; stated mayor Roland Velasco (photo) cheers
The police searched Legan's vehicle and the two-story family home and left with paper bags.
Authorities also searched an apartment that they believed Legan was using the remote north of Nevada this month. Officials did not say what they found.
The shooting followed a series of mass murders in California, including an attack in a thousand and one bar in November where 12 people died and a terrorist attack in 2015 in San Bernardino where 14 were killed.
The worst modern mass shoot in the country remains a 2017 attack on a country music concert in Las Vegas, where a shooter killed 58 and injured hundreds.
In California, the police trained how to respond to an active shooter. Although they prepared for the worst, they never expected to use those skills in Gilroy, a city about 50,000 km or 80 miles southeast of San Francisco.
The city had security for one of the largest food fairs in the US.
People had to pass metal detectors and search their bags. Police, paramedics and firefighters were stationed during the festival.
But Legan did not go through the front entrance. He cut through a fence along a parking lot next to a creek, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said.
Some witnesses reported a second suspect and the authorities tried to determine if he had help.
The gunfire yelled people into sunhats and flip-flops. Some dived for cover under the decorated food booth tables. Others crawled under a concert stage, where a band had started playing their last song.
Candice Marquez, 51, a honey vendor at the festival, said she was only 10 feet from the shooter and saw him replace an ammo clamp.
& # 39; He was super quiet, he was reloading and we were running, & # 39; she told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The youngest victim, Stephen Romero, described by his grandmother as a kind, happy and playful child, had just celebrated his 6th birthday in June in Legoland in Southern California.
& # 39; My son had lived his entire life and he was only 6 & # 39 ;, his father, Alberto Romero, told KNTV after the shooting.
Keyla Salazar was also killed from San Jose. The teenager was eating ice cream with relatives when they heard gunshots and began to flee, her aunt, Katiuska Vargas said.
The teenager stayed behind to keep pace with a family member using a walking stick and was shot with a bullet that might otherwise have hit that woman, Vargas said.
Vargas says that Keyla's stepfather was injured when he went back for her.
Keyla loved animals and was planning to have a puppy for one of her two younger sisters, Vargas said.
& # 39; She was so caring, & # 39; said Vargas. & # 39; She would give everything to other people … We have lost a very beautiful life. & # 39;
The oldest victim killed was Trevor Irby, a biology major who graduated from Keuka College in New York in 2017.
Troy Towner said that his sister, Wendy Towner, was at the festival for her company, the Honey Ladies, when she saw a man climbing the fence with a gun. She shouted to him: & # 39; No, you can't do that! & # 39;
After the shooting, law enforcement experts called on event organizers to review their emergency plans to see if they could make additional security improvements because the peak of the summer and the fair season provide outdoor environments that are notoriously difficult to secure
Experts ticked off a list of ideal precautions: a perimeter fence with roaming police patrols, drones, security cameras, social media monitoring, bag checks, metal detectors, limited access points and an & # 39; overatch & # 39; police unit that controls the event from a high perch
Recommendations for an overwatch position and security outside the location of the event are similar to proposed improvements after shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival. First answers to the scene on Sunday
The shooter shot her in the leg three times and her husband, while a young girl dragged their three-year-old son under a table, Towner wrote on a fundraising page he had prepared for his sister.
Legan approached the couple as they lay motionless on the floor and asked if everything was okay. They didn't move, fearing he would finish them, Towner wrote.
Towner said his sister has undergone surgery and is expected to have nerve damage in the long run, while her husband faces many surgeries.
Candice Marquez, who works for Wendy Towner and her husband, Francisco, said she had run away to go to the bathroom and watched the shooter go to their tent. She said her 10-year-old niece brought the toddler to safety.
& # 39; She was brave, & # 39; Marquez said.
Jan Dickson, a neighbor who lives across the street from the Legan family, described them as & # 39; a nice, normal family & # 39 ;.
She said that Santino Legan had not lived there for at least a year.
& # 39; How do you handle this? They have to do with the fact that their son did this terrible thing and that he died, & Dickson said.
After the shooting, law enforcement experts called on event organizers to review their emergency plans to see if they could make additional security improvements, as the peak of the summer and the fair season yields outdoor environments that are notoriously difficult to secure.
& # 39; Every time you organize a large event with many people you always worry about, we try to organize a very tight, closed event where, you know, controlled access is & # 39 ;, police said Director Smit van Gilroy Monday.
& # 39; Are we thinking about how we will respond if something should happen? I would say the answer is yes. & # 39;
Experts checked off a list of ideal precautions: a perimeter fence – or even two – with roaming police patrols, as well as drones, security cameras & # 39; s, social media surveillance, pocket controls, metal detectors, restricted access points and an & # 39; overatch & # 39; police unit that monitors the event from a high level.
Recommendations for an overwatch position and security outside the location of the event are similar to proposed improvements after shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival.
A review for those recordings recommended securing high-rise buildings with a view of open-air locations, not just at the festivals themselves.
& # 39; It is not only OK to protect your perimeter and to think that you are safe, & # 39; said Michael Downing, a former deputy chief of the Los Angeles police.
Officials said, however, that emergency responders and event coordinators should strike a balance between security issues, costs and a welcoming atmosphere for visitors, and found that event visitors probably don't want to be subjected to extensive screening with X-ray equipment and metal detectors.
& # 39; Of course, you cannot do an event set up as an international airport, & # 39; said Sheriff Tony Spurlock from Douglas County, Colorado, where the annual county fair is being held this week. & # 39; It is not the kind of environment that we would set up magnetometers at each input. & # 39;
Brian Higgins, a former police chief in Bergen County, New Jersey, said that controlling the outline of an event through technology and police is the key to security.
Although a long line of people can be their own target at a single point of entry, limited access means that law enforcement officers can more easily see who comes in and out.
& # 39; Just because it's a family-friendly event doesn't mean that anything bad can happen, & # 39; said Higgins.
Although festival visitors will notice increased security in the coming weeks, experts do not foresee a major shift in the security protocols in the future.
& # 39; These kinds of events take place across the country every weekend, and it is up to those event coordinators to determine to what extent they want to use security features, "said Craig Fair, deputy special agent at the FBI office in San Francisco , Monday. news conference.
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