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California town pledges to remain strong in wake of shooting

Posted at 10:09 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 01:09:23-04

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — The small rural community of Gilroy is reeling in the wake of a mass shooting at its annual garlic festival .

But at a Monday night vigil, hundreds of residents vowed to remain “Gilroy Strong.”

Authorities are still seeking a motive for Sunday’s attack by a 19-year-old who killed three people and wounded a dozen more before police shot him to death.

Authorities say Santino William Legan had posted a white supremacist message on social media and a photo from the festival on Instagram shortly before opening fire with a semi-automatic rifle he’d bought legally in neighboring Nevada.

The dead included a 6-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a 25-year-old college graduate from upstate New York.

President Donald Trump condemned what he called the “wicked murderer.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited some victims and their families. He cursed as he condemned what he said was a refusal by federal lawmakers to control high-powered, high-capacity guns that are more tightly restricted in his state.