Two wounded at Gilroy Garlic Festival speak out about the terror of the deadly shooting

Motive remains a mystery
Posted at 5:35 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 20:51:12-04

New details of the chaos surrounding the deadly shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival are emerging as the investigation into a possible motive continues.

Two gunshot victims who survived a deadly shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California say they saw the shooter from an obstacle course and were running away when they were hit.

Brynn Ota-Mathews said Thursday a bullet is lodged in her liver. It will not be removed. Her friend Gabriella Gaus said she felt like she was being pinched or burned when she was shot.

Three people, including two children, died and a dozen others were wounded. Several remained hospitalized. Authorities also said Thursday that 13 people were wounded, an increase of one from the previous count.

The young women spoke at a news conference at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose before Ota-Mathews is discharged.

"I'll be healthy soon and I'll be able to walk and do the things I wanna do without any pain. I just don't know if I'm ever able to forget how it felt, and it feels really bad," Ota-Mathews said.

Authorities say they're still working to determine the motive for a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California that left three people dead.

At a news conference, FBI special agent in charge John Bennett said about 100 agents from around the country are trying to determine the motive or even an ideology for 19-year-old Santino Legan.

He was shot to death by three Gilroy police officers.

The investigation includes profilers and agents checking social media. Bennett says it still appears that Legan picked his targets at random.

Bennett says investigators are making progress clearing the crime scene at the festival, which was held in a huge park. But he says they must account for every bullet fired and other details.

Some vendors are still unable to access the scene to obtain their equipment.

People who took photos or videos of the attack are being asked to contact investigators.