The gunman who murdered three people at a food festival in Northern California on Sunday posted about a far-right book on Instagram moments before the attack.
Law enforcement have reportedly identified Santino William Legan, 19, as the shooter who opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday evening. Police said Legan dodged security at the festival’s entrance by cutting through a fence to gain entry. Once inside, witnesses said he sprayed gunfire on the crowd with a rifle before police killed him.
Shortly before the shooting around 6 p.m., Legan posted a picture from the festival on his now-deleted Instagram account reviewed by The Daily Beast. “Ayyy garlic festival time,” he wrote. “Come get wasted on overpriced shit.”
Soon after, he posted a picture with a caption that told followers to read a 19th-century, proto-fascist book. The book, which is repeatedly recommended alongside works by Hitler and other fasicsts on forums like 8chan, is full of anti-Semitic, sexist and white supremacist ideology. The book glorifies “Aryan” men, condemns inter-marriage between races and defends violence based on bogus eugenicist tropes.