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Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooter Had Target List, According To FBI

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Barriers block off Miller Avenue leading to the entrance of the Gilroy Garlic Festival in the aftermath of the shooting on July 30, 2019.

The FBI is opening a federal domestic terorrism investigation into the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting suspect.  

The shooter had a target list that includes religious institutions, federal buildings, major political parties and the Gilroy Garlic Festival.  FBI Special Agent John Bennet says the targets were nationwide and specific. Although the FBI will not release the names on the target list, it will notify the organizations about the threat.   

Agent Bennet says their investigation has not turned up a manifesto, and as of yet, there’s no clear motive. He says the ongoing review of the suspect’s digital media shows “the shooter was exploring violent ideology”,  which he described as varying and competing.


Krista joined KAZU in 2007. She is an award winning journalist with more than a decade of broadcast experience. Her stories have won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and honors from the Northern California Radio and Television News Directors Association. Prior to working at KAZU, Krista reported in Sacramento for Capital Public Radio and at television stations in Iowa. Like KAZU listeners, Krista appreciates the in-depth, long form stories that are unique to public radio. She's pleased to continue that tradition in the Monterey Bay Area.
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