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The Nevada gun store owner who says he sold the suspected Gilroy Garlic Festival shooter has spoken out on his official Facebook page.
Santino William Legan, who police identified as the Gilroy gunman, purchased an assault rifle in Nevada, where the Bay Area native was living at the time. On Monday, Big Mikes Gun and Ammo in Fallon, Nev. posted on Facebook they were the sellers.
“I did not know this individual. He ordered the rifle off my internet page. When I did see him, he was acting happy and showed no reasons for concern,” the post reads. “I would never ever sell any firearm to anyone who acted wrong or looks associated with any bad group like white power. Everyone is my brother and sister and I am mourning for the families.”
The post is signed “Mike.”
Sources confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle that Big Mikes Gun and Ammo sold a WASR-10 semiautomatic rifle to Legan. The sale was legal in Nevada, but the weapon is banned in California. You must be 18 or older to purchase a gun in Nevada. Legan was 19.
Police say Legan circumvented festival security by using a tool to cut through a fence near the parking lot at Christmas Hill Park on Sunday. Once inside, he opened fire at 5:41 p.m., killing three, according to Gilroy Chief of Police Scot Smithee. Police officers, already on the scene to provide support for the food festival, confronted the suspect in less than a minute. Smithee says three officers shot and killed Legan.
The three victims were identified as Stephen Romero, 6, Keyla Salazar, 13, and Trevor Irby, 25.
“The shooter in CA, I hope you rot in hell,” reads a recent Facebook post from Big Mikes Gun and Ammo. “We pray for the victims. My heart hurts for all of them.”
On Monday, authorities in northern Nevada say they searched an apartment believed to have been used by Legan.
Mineral County District Attorney Sean Rowe confirmed the search by the FBI and local sheriff’s deputies of one of three homes in a modest stucco single-story building overlooking Walker Lake a few miles north of Hawthorne, Nevada.
Mineral County Sheriff Randy Adams called the investigation ongoing and declined in a statement to provide information about what was sought or found.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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