'Violent ideologies': FBI opens domestic terror probe into California festival shooting

'Violent ideologies': FBI opens domestic terror probe into California festival shooting

'Violent ideologies': FBI opens domestic terror probe into California festival shooting

The gunman killed 6-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar and 25-year-old Trevor Irby, and injured several others July 28 at a garlic festival in Gilroy, 30 miles southeast of San Jose.

Joseph Deras said officers didn't find any weapons in Pinon's home, and they don't believe he was actively planning an attack.

Law enforcement officials said the FBI is opening a domestic terrorism investigation into the July 28 shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California.

Bennett declined to say what specific ideologies Legan had been interested in.

"Having a belief system and also committing an act of violence does not necessarily make that an act of terrorism nor does it give a clear motive", Bennett said.

"We can start cutting leads across the country to further investigate this", Bennett said. He said the Gilroy Garlic Festival was among the targets.

Legan had a 75-round drum magazine and five 40-round magazines as he carried out the attack.

In an updated chronology presented during a Friday press conference, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said officers shot Legan when they arrived, bringing him to his knees and then down on the ground.

Authorities also said they found more ammunition, a rifle scope, flashlight and shovel in a bag in a nearby creek. In the bag were also loose rounds for the rifle and a shotgun, which police found while searching Legan's auto on nearby Laurel Drive shortly after the shooting.

A review of the suspect's digital media turned up a list which may have indicated potential targets of violence, including "religious institutions, federal buildings, courthouses, political organizations from both major political parties and the Gilroy Garlic Festival".

The shotgun was identified as a Remington 870.

Three police officers engaged the suspect immediately and were able to injure him.

"None of the people who died in this incident were struck by friendly fire".

In response to a question, Smithee added that "there is no indication" that any of the 13 wounded survivors were hit by police fire.

On Tuesday, the FBI Agents Association called Tuesday for Congress to codify domestic terrorism as a federal crime, calling it a "threat to the American people and our democracy".

In a search of his digital media, the Federal Bureau of Investigation found a list of nationwide organizations that may have been potential targets.

Bennett added that investigators still are exploring if Legan had contact with anyone "regarding these ideologies" and whether anyone else had advanced knowledge of his plan. "It's important that we do this the right way".

The domestic terrorism investigation comes after renewed calls from Congress and the FBI Agents Association - which represents almost 14,000 active and former FBI agents - to look at cases from a domestic terrorism perspective.

Researchers are increasingly seeing shooters with a broad range of incentives and, at times, conflicting ideologies, which can make it hard to classify attacks and pinpoint motivations, said Brian Levin, director of California State University, San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

The Gilroy shooting happened a week before the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio which left more than 31 dead.

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