3 Dead, at Least 11 Shot at Calif. Garlic Festival: Official

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2019-07-29 01:02:07

Three people were killed, including a 6-year-old boy, as two gunmen opened fire Sunday evening at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. 

One of the suspects was shot and killed, and a second suspect was still on the loose late Sunday, sources told NBC Bay Area.

A 6-year-old boy was among those killed, according to members of his family.

Police and emergency personnel responded to reports of an active shooter incident at Gilroy’s Christmas Hill Park about 5:30 p.m. As of 9:30 p.m. the scene was still active, with multiple agencies searching for the outstanding suspect, according to Gilroy police.

Officials with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center said they received five victims from the shooting, including two major trauma victims from St. Louise Hospital in Gilroy.

St. Louise initially received six gunshot wound victims, and of the four that remained there, one died, a hospital spokesperson said. 

An official with Regional Medical Center in San Jose said the hospital received four victims, one of which was in critical condition.

3 Dead in Shooting at Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif.3 Dead in Shooting at Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif.

One witness told NBC Bay Area he was on his way out of the festival when he felt a bullet pass by his head, and when he turned around, he saw everyone running.

Another witness told NBC Bay Area some people were stranded at nearby Las Animas Elementary School.

‘He Was Ready to Do Some Damage’: Witness Describes Gilroy, Calif. Shooting'He Was Ready to Do Some Damage': Witness Describes Gilroy, Calif. Shooting

San Jose police and fire units were responding to the scene to assist, according to a tweet from Mayor Sam Liccardo. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies also were on scene, along with California Highway Patrol units.

For those searching for loved ones, a reunification center was set up at nearby Gavilan College in parking lot B, according to Gilroy police. 

President Donald Trump, Gov. Gavin Newsom and other politicians reacted to the shooting on social media late Sunday.

The annual festival was wrapping up its third and final day when reports of the shooting came in.



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