As more details emerge surrounding the latest mass shooting in the country, it appears that old social media posts show the shooter behind the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, was a white supremacist.
19-year-old Santino William Legan has been identified as the gunman behind the horrific shooting that took the lives of 3 people, including a 6-year-old boy. Social media posted by Legan prior to the mass shooting show that he was a self-proclaimed white supremacist.
The Gilroy shooting is now the latest in a growing string of attempted and carried-out mass shootings conducted by devout white supremacist since the election of Donald Trump. The last social media post he made prior to the shooting promoted a white supremacist manifesto called “Might is Right”.
The Gilroy shooter has been identified as Santino William Legan, 19. His instagram was just taken down, but before it was, I saw a post from the festival right before the shooting that said "Read 'Might Is Right' by Ragnar Redbeard," which is a misogynist white power manifesto.— Amanda Duarte (@duarteamanda) July 29, 2019
“Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to cater to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white twats?” Legan wrote on a post to his now-deleted Instagram account before plugging the text “Might Is Right” by Ragnar Redbeard.
According to Rolling Stone, “Might Is Right,” is an unknown authored book that has been banned in multiple countries as it advocates for social Darwinism, the idea that members of certain races or ethnicities are better equipped for survival than others. It first appeared in the 19th century and argued that the “white race” was biologically superior than all the others.
“It’s widely popular and present among ethnocentric white nationalists of all levels, from suit-and-tie white supremacists to neo-Nazis,” Keegan Hankes, a senior analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s intelligence project, said.
Authorities have yet to confirm that the Sunday shooting was racially motivated. Witnesses say they thought the initial gunfire was fireworks but quickly saw people running for their lives. Legan was killed within minutes of him opening fire from a food court area, but three people lost their lives, including 6-year-old Stephen Romero.