At Least 3 Dead, 15 Hurt in Shooting At Gilroy, California Garlic Festival

 

At least three people have been killed and 15 more injured after a gunman opened fire at at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, Sunday afternoon, authorities said. One of those killed was a 3-year-old boy, authorities said late Sunday night.

The shooting occurred Sunday afternoon around 6 p.m. as people were attending the Gilroy Garlic Festival, a three-day event held annually at Christmas Hill Park that features food selections made with garlic. Police confirmed that officers engaged the shooter shortly after the shooting began. Authorities with the Gilroy Police Department confirmed the suspect was shot and killed. Authorities did not provide a motive for the shooting at this time. Authorities said the suspect used "some kind of rifle" but they did not identify the type of rifle used.

Witnesses told police there may have been a second suspect.

The suspect reportedly skipped security by approaching from a creek and used a tool of some kind to cut through a fence and gain access to the festival grounds.

Footage of the event posted to social media showed dozens of people running after the sound of gunshots. Multiple ambulance units were spotted responding to the scene with many of the festival goers' injuries ranging from fair to serious, according to a Santa Clara Valley Medical Center spokesperson.

Police instructed people to gather at Gavilan College, which is a community college located on the city's borders.

"This is nothing short of horrific,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote on Twitter. "Tonight, CA stands with the Gilroy community."

 

One chef who was at the festival told ABC News that he heard the gunshots as he was cleaning up and getting ready to leave.

"I heard the shots, and got as many [of] as my guys, and got behind shelter in the alley," said Janisch. "I saw many people running in fear. Once we rounded everybody up out in the parking lot, we headed out per the direction of the authorities. I drove a mother and her two daughters safely to their car."

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