The gunman who police say opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California and killed three people on Sunday reportedly referenced a neo-Nazi manifesto on social media before the shooting.
Santino William Legan, who was shot and killed after engaging with police, had posted on his Instagram page about a white supremacist book before firing into the crowd, according to screenshots of an account that has since been taken down.
“Read Might Is Right by Ragnar Redbeard,” the 19-year-old said in an Instagram caption, referencing a 1890 racist manifesto titled “Might is Right or The Survival of the Fittest.”
Writer and actress Amanda Duarte tweeted a screenshot of the post, writing: “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.”
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
In case you were wondering about that "Might is Right" book the Gilroy shooter referenced, here's 8chan's /pol/ throwing an impromptu book club meeting about it right now.
Tell me again how 19 is too young to have an ideology. pic.twitter.com/tNJnWa2pOA
— Gwen Snyder is uncivil (@gwensnyderPHL) July 29, 2019
The Hill reports:
The post referenced a book by a pseudonymous author that is popular among neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Among other things, the book promotes violence and strength as a moral strategy. It is filled with anti-Semitic and misogynistic language.
NBC News also noted that “might is right” is a phrase that is often used to indicate white supremacy on neo-Nazi extremist forums.
The shooter had also posted on Instagram about his disdain for the Gilroy Garlic Festival.
“Ayyy garlic festival time,” one post read. “Come get wasted on overpriced shit.”
Gilroy Police Chief Scott Smithee said Legan randomly fired on festival attendees around 5:40 p.m. using an assault-style rifle that was legally purchased in Nevada. Smithee added that police were searching for a second suspect who may have been involved in the incident.
Police shot and killed Legan within a minute of the shooting.