Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting leaves 3 dead, 15 injured; gunman killed by police
We are getting reports from FOX NEWS that there was a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival Sunday just as the festival was closing.
Police and fire officials responded en masse to the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Santa Clara County after a mass shooter killed three people and left a dozen more wounded on Sunday afternoon, officials said.The bloodshed was first reported just after 6 p.m. at Christmas Hill Park, which was hosting the annual festival.The gunfire left three people dead, Gilroy City Councilman Dion Bracco told the Associated Press. The figures were described as preliminary. A Gilroy Police Department dispatcher confirmed that the department was responding to an “active shooter,” but no information regarding victims or a shooter was available.
The shooting rampage began at 5:41 p.m. on the north side of the festival, Chief of Police Scot Smithee said at a press conference late Sunday.
Numerous ambulances were summoned to the scene from throughout the area.Video posted to social media showed people rushing to exit the venue while exchanging questions about what had taken place.
A manhunt was underway to find a possible second suspect. It was not immediately clear if there were two shooters.
NBC Bay Area reported that a 6-year-old boy, Steven Romero, was among the victims.
"He had his whole life to live," Alberto Romero, the boy's father, said. "He was only six."
Ryan Wallace, a witness, told the channel that he watched the gunman—who was almost dressed like a police officer—raise his gun up and started to “spray rounds.” The gunman walked through the crowd, he said.
“He wanted to get stuff done,” he said. “It was horrifying.”