Suicide, not police, killed California festival gunman

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gunman who opened fire on a California food festival in the United States (US) killed himself after officers shot him multiple times, officials said, correcting previous police accounts that the officers fired the fatal bullet.

Police gave the update on Friday, soon after the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office said 19-year-old Santino William Legan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Legan killed three people — including two children — and injured 13 others at the popular Gilroy Garlic Festival last Sunday. Authorities say they have not yet been able to determine his motive.

Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee told reporters that the timeline remains the same: Three veteran police officers responded in less than a minute and fired multiple rounds when Legan turned his AK-47-style semi-automatic rifle on them. Smithee said the officers hit him multiple times, and he fell to the ground with the rifle.

“He was able to get one more round off, and he was able to shoot himself in the head,” the police chief said.

Smithee said he was “a little surprised” to hear that Legan had shot himself. “I don’t think that changes anything about the heroics of our officers,” he said.

The chief did not know how many times police fired at him or how many bullets struck him. A full coroner’s report is pending.

Legan killed six-year-old Stephen Romero and 13-year-old Keyla Salazar of San Jose, along with Trevor Irby, 25, of Romulus, New York, on the last day of the long-running festival.

FBI personnel pass a ticket booth at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. – AP