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Vendors, Volunteers Can Continue to Retrieve Cars From Gilroy Garlic Festival Parking Lots

Authorities on Wednesday will once again allow vendors and volunteers to retrieve vehicles left behind at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in the chaos following Sunday's mass shooting, police said Tuesday evening.

After some vehicles owners were allowed to get their cars Tuesday afternoon, owners who haven't yet been able to do so can get them Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.

According to police, the vehicle owners will be shuttled via a law enforcement escort to the volunteer lot at West Tenth Street and Uvas Parkway, along with the Parkside Lot south of Miller Avenue.

Vehicle owners are once again asked to meet at Antonio Del Buono Elementary School at 9300 Wren Ave. starting at 9 a.m. They will be asked for their driver's license, proof of registration and insurance before claiming their cars.

People who don't have a vehicle in either parking lot are asked to stay away from the area, and police said only vehicles will be released.

Christmas Hill Park was quickly evacuated after the mass shooting began at about 5:40 p.m. Sunday, the last day of the renowned annual festival.

The victims in the shooting have been identified as 6-year-old Stephen Romero and 13-year-old Keyla Salazar of San Jose, and 25-year-old Trevor Irby of New York, who was living in Santa Cruz. The suspect, 19-year-old Santino William Legan of Gilroy, was shot and killed by officers within a minute of the police response.

Legan allegedly cut through a fence and snuck into the festival, creating a crime scene that spans several acres, police and the FBI said. Search warrants were served at his home and car in Gilroy on Monday, but officers are still sweeping festival grounds for evidence.

Police said people will not be allowed access to the park or the parking lot, and will only be able to retrieve vehicles. Officers from multiple agencies are currently organizing hundreds of personal items discarded during the chaos.

Anyone who needs help replacing prescription medication can call (408) 842-0432, and other inquiries about personal items can directed to the incident information center at (408) 846-0548.

A family assistance center is open at Rucker Elementary School in Gilroy, 325 Santa Clara Ave., from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Friday.

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