Gilroy shooter killed himself, coroner says, contradicting police

Santino William Legan was armed with an AK-47-type assault rifle when he opened fire at the popular festival in the town of Gilroy

Santino William Legan was armed with an AK-47-type assault rifle when he opened fire at the popular festival in the town of Gilroy

The Santa Clara County coroner's office said Friday that the 19-year-old gunman at a garlic festival died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, contradicting earlier police accounts that he had been killed by officers.

Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian Police from numerous agencies continue their search Monday for a possible second suspect and for evidence in a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival Sunday.

Nicole Lopez, a senior office specialist in the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office, told The Associated Press on Friday that Legan's cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say Pinon, 40, was arrested after he made threats that apparently referenced the deadly shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif. Authorities say Friday that Jose Pinon had posted "my goal is to kill 500, not three" on Facebook, a reference they believe is to the garlic festival shooting that killed three people and wounded 13 others.

"In my mind, it changes nothing", Smithee said.

"He was able to get one more round off, and he was able to shoot himself in the head", the police chief said. The suspect immediately changed his fire from the crowd towards the officers, as they were engaging in gunfire our officers did fire multiple rounds at the suspect.

The chief did not know how many times police fired at him or how many bullets struck him.

Smithee said three officers - among those already at the event to provide security - were able to shoot and kill the suspect "despite the fact that they were outgunned with their handguns against a rifle". Smithee has called the officers "heroes" for preventing additional casualties by taking down the shooter.

He used an "assault-type rifle", in the style of an AK-47, officials in the northern California town said, killing six-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar, and 25-year-old Trevor Irby.

Law enforcement authorities have not identified a motive.

John Bennett, the FBI's special agent in charge in San Francisco, has said Legan did not appear to be targeting a particular group and that he did not seem to follow a specific ideology.

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