FBI Calls Media Reports on Gilroy Gunman ‘Wrong’

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FBI officials called media reports characterizing the Gilroy Garlic Festival gunman’s ideology “wrong” after stories referenced a social media post and literature associated with white supremacists, reports the Salinas, Ca., Californian. FBI agent John Bennett said investigators still do not know what the ideology was of Santino William Legan, 19, who killed three people and injured 12 last Sunday. “We’re looking at multiple threads of conversations that he’s had,” Bennett said. “However, we’re still not comfortable in saying it’s an ideology, one way or another.”

In an Instagram post just before the shooting, a now-deleted account believed to belong to Legan urged people to read “Might Is Right,” a late 19th-century book that the Southern Poverty Law Center said is “widely popular” among white nationalists. The post reportedly said, “Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white tw*ts?” Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said the shooter used a legally purchased AK-47-variant assault rifle and authorities recovered a shotgun in his car parked near the park. Bennett has said the FBI is “highly confident” Legan acted alone.

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