The FBI has opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting in Gilroy, California, that left three people dead and more than a dozen injured on July 28, officials announced Tuesday.
John Bennett, the FBI’s agent in charge in San Francisco, said the agency took over the case from the Gilroy Police Department to launch a “full, predicated FBI investigation” after discovering the potential existence of an ideological motive.
“We have not made a final investigative conclusion into the motive of the shooter. However, we have uncovered evidence … that the shooter was exploring violent ideologies,” Bennett said during a news conference Monday.
Bennett said the suspected shooter had a “target list” that included “religious institutions, federal buildings, courthouses, political organizations from both major political parties, and the Gilroy Garlic Festival.”
“We have seen a fractured ideology,” he said. “The shooter appeared to have an interest in varying, competing violent ideologies.”
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