Gilroy Shooting: Three dead at California Garlic Festival


At least three people were killed and 12 injured in a shooting opened fire at an annual food festival in the South of San Francisco, Northern California on Sunday evening, according to the city councilman.

“They don’t know if there were more, so they have to treat it as an active situation,” he said. “We have police out here from as far away as San Jose.”

The Associated Press reported that at least seven people have been hospitalized and injured is a preliminary figure, Bracco said.

One suspect was in custody, he added.

Gilroy Police report that the scene is still active, more than two hours after witnesses first reported hearing shots.

Witnesses also reported confusion and panic as shots rang out at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in the city of 50,000 located about 80 miles (176 kilometres).

Another witness named Julissa Contreras told a white man in his 30s armed with a rifle opened fire indiscriminately. “I could see him shooting in just every direction. He wasn’t aiming at anyone specifically. It was just left to right, right to left.”

Police did not immediately confirm the casualty numbers or any arrest.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting Sunday night. “Law Enforcement is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Reports are that shooter has not yet been apprehended. Be careful and safe!” he wrote.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said the incident was “nothing short of horrific.”

Videos posted to Twitter showed festival attendees scattering in fear and confusion as one loud popping sound could be heard in the background.

Video first posted on social media sites about 5:30 p.m. showed people running for safety at the festival.

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