6-Year-Old Boy Among 3 Dead at Gilroy Garlic Festival Mass Shooting


Police and ambulances responded Sunday to a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival that left at least four people dead and 15 injured.

The famous food festival is held annually on the last weekend of July and was wrapping up its third and final day when the shooting reports came in. Videos are purportedly taken at the festival show crowds of people running quickly away from festival tents while pops can be heard in the background.

The Gilroy police tweeted at 7:22 p.m. local time that the scene was “still active” and urged families looking for loved ones to head to the reunification center at Gavilan College, parking lot B. They also noted the number for a witness and family reunification line. “The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the victims of today’s shooting at the Garlic Festival,” they said.

At a press conference later that night, Scott Smithee, the Gilroy chief of police, said local police had responded to reports of a shooter in less than a minute.

“The suspect was shot and killed,” he said. “It appears as though they had come into the festival via creek that borders a parking area and used a tool to cut through a fence to gain access.”

Smithee said the death toll included the gunman. But he added that witnesses had reported seeing a second individual and that a manhunt was underway to apprehend that suspect.

“We believe, based on witness statements, that there was a second individual involved in some way but we don’t know in what way,” he said.

According to NBC Bay Area, two major trauma victims were heading to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center from the local hospital in Gilroy. The hospital’s spokeswoman later confirmed to the AP that they had received two shooting victims and expected at least three more.


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