Gunman mocked US Food Festival ahead of mass shooting

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Mass Shooting at the US Food Festival
Mass Shooting at the US Food Festival

Washington : A 19-year-old man, who has been identified as the gunman in a mass shooting in the United States, had mocked the US Food Festival on social media before the massacre.

Three people, including 2 children, were killed and 12 other were injured in the tragic incident.

Authorities said Santino William Legan was armed with an AK47-type assault rifle when he opened fire at random at the Gilroy Garlic Festival Sunday in northern California before being gunned down by police within one minute of the shooting.

The officials are still trying to find out the motive behind the attack. In the primary investigation, the officials checked his Instagram account that was created four days back.

One message on the account posted shortly before the attack included a picture of people at the festival with the words "Ayyy garlic festival time Come get wasted on overpriced sh**," media reports said.

A second message featured a photo of Smokey the Bear with a sign that reads "Fire Danger High Today" alongside a reference to the white supremacist book "Right is Might" which promotes anarchy.

The United States President Donald Trump on Monday paid tribute to the victims.

"While families were spending time at a local festival, a wicked murderer opened fire and killed three innocent citizens including a young child," Trump said.

"We grieve for their families and ask that God comfort them."