3 dead at Morgan Hill Ford dealership


MORGAN HILL — Three people died Tuesday following a shooting at a Morgan Hill Ford dealership.

At 6:03 p.m. the Morgan Hill Police Department received a report of multiple shots fired inside Morgan Hill Ford Store on Condit Road.

Arriving officers located a deceased man outdoors on the ground with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a handgun by his side, Morgan Hill Police posted on Facebook. Officers were directed by Ford Store employees inside the building, just off of Highway 101, where two store employees with apparent gun shot wounds were on the floor. 

Medical personnel responded and both victims were pronounced deceased at the scene.

“The City of Morgan Hill and the Morgan Hill Police Department offer our sincere condolences to the families of the victims in this tragic incident,” MHPD said.

“I was overwhelmed by the number of emergency vehicles there,” Chief of Police David Swing said Wednesday. “The response was quick.”

The two victims, both Ford employees, were identified by Swing as Xavier Souto, 38, and Brian Light, 59. The shooter has been identified as Steven Leet, 60, a parts counter worker who had been fired earlier in the workday Tuesday. He had no prior criminal history.  

Swing said that Light engaged the suspect, wrestled with him and “tried to disarm him.”

“The suspect shot Brian multiple times in the struggle for the gun,” Swing said. According to police, Light’s efforts allowed other customers and employees to flee, giving them a few crucial seconds to avoid being shot.

Morgan Hill Police are the lead agency. The Sheriff’s Department, CHP, CalFire Police, and Morgan Hill Fire also responded.

When police searched Leet’s home they found 12 guns that were registered to him, police said.

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After a GoFundMe account was set up online, 361 donors have thus far raised $33,838 to help defray funeral and other costs. That site can be reached at gofundme.com/f/soutoandlightmemorialpage.

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