Gunman who killed three people and wounded at least 12 others at California food festival identified as Santino William Legan, 19

The mass shooter who mowed down three people at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday purchased his semi-automatic assault rifle three weeks ago and reportedly praised a book embraced by white supremacists.

Santino William Legan, 19, opened fire with his AK-47 style assault rifle at the annual food festival in Northern California before he was shot and killed by officers armed with service revolvers, police confirmed Monday.

Legan purchased his high-powered rifle “legally” in Nevada on July 9, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said at a press conference.

He declined to identify any victims but said the three who died in the carnage were a 6-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a man in his 20s.

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A young couple embrace at a parking lot after a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., Sunday, July 28, 2019. Several people were hospitalized Sunday after the shooting at the annual food festival in Northern California, a hospital spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Thomas Mendoza)
Police work a scene after a deadly shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Police stay focused on a target after a deadly shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Gilroy Garlic festival volunteer Denise Buessing, left, embraces fellow volunteer Marsha Struzik at a reunification center in a parking lot at Gavilan College following a deadly shooting at the annual food festival in Gilroy, Calif., Sunday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
Festival attendees are being transported on a bus, after a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, at the reunification center at the Gavilan College in Gilroy, Calif., Sunday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
Ana Lilia Cano, left, with daughter Paulina Perez, and Gildardo Leyva, right, wait for relatives at a reunification center at Gavilan College following a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, in Gilroy, Calif., Sunday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
Ana Lilia Cano, left, with daughter Paulina Perez, and Gildardo Leyva, right, wait for relatives at a reunification center at Gavilan College following a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, in Gilroy, Calif., Sunday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
Police officers dressed in SWAT gear stand guard at the first aid center at Gilroy High School following a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., on Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/David Royal)
Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee speaks at a press conference at Gavilan College following a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, in Gilroy, Calif., Sunday, July 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
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)
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)
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)
CALIFORNIA, USA - JULY 28 : Gilroy residents gather at the Gilroy High School after mass shooting at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California on July 28, 2019. At least three people were killed on Sunday in an ongoing shooting at a festival in northern California, according to a local official. (Photo by Neal Waters/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Stephen Romero, 6, was tragically killed during Sunday's mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. 
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A now-defunct Instagram account bearing Legan’s name was created last week and posted two messages shortly before the rampage started, CNN reported.

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One post included a photo of people at the festival and the angry caption, “Ayyy garlic festival time Come get wasted on overpriced sh**.”

Another post paired a photo of a Smokey the Bear fire danger sign with the caption, “Read Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard. Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white tw**s?”

The infamous book published in 1890 under a suspected pseudonym has been denounced for its openly racist and sexist views and described as a white power manifesto.

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Legan was armed with a rifle during the bloodshed and appeared to randomly target people when he started shooting at about 5:30 p.m. local time.

The shocking scene unfolded during the final day of the three-day festival, which attracts more than 100,000 people to the “Garlic Capital of the World.”

Witnesses said there might have been a second gunman, but it is believed that person may have just been trying to help.

The three people who were killed included 6-year-old Stephen Romero, whose mother and grandmother were also shot.

“It started going for five minutes, maybe three. It was like the movies — everyone was crying, people were screaming,” said 13-year-old Evenny Reyes.

President Trump condemned the “wicked murderer” before an event at the White House on Monday.

Trump praised responders and added that the nation will “grieve” for the victims’ families.

Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee called the scene a “nightmare you hope you never have to live.”

More details are expected to be revealed at a press conference in Gilroy later Monday.

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