UPDATE: Gilroy Police Chief & FBI Hold Press Conference in Food Festival Shooting
Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee held a press conference in conjunction with the FBI to update the public on the latest details surrounding the investigation into the horrific shooting over the weekend that leave three dead including two children.
Smithee said they are searching for the motive and have heard reports of a second suspect which they are investigating in order to determine who that second suspect is and their potential role. Amongst the information he made public was that the rifle used in the shooting was an ak-47 type assault rifle which was legally purchased in the state of Nevada on July 9th.
The Chief spoke choking back tears and emotion while saying he hesitated to give the suspects name, who is 19-years-old, because he does not deserve the public recognition.
Deputy special agent in charge of the San Francisco division of the FBI, Craig Fair took the podium following Smithee. He laid out the FBI’s principal role as assisting the city of Gilroy in the investigation. The FBI’s main concern is the young man’s motivation. Fair expressed they are looking into any ideological leanings or if he is affiliated with anyone or any group.
Evidence recovery is a priority and a sizeable team of about 30 members is searching to uncover any evidence. Fair said they have determined that the crime scene is much more expansive than they originally thought, as large as many acres. Both the Police Chief and Special Agent of the FBI thanked first responders for their quick action and swiftly disarming the assailant, avoiding further injury or death.