Gilroy, California is known as the garlic capital of America and holds a heavily-attended garlic festival each year. This evening, a man opened fire on the festival crowd.
— isaac guardado (@NstySeaL) July 29, 2019
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
“It was quite shocking and I’m fortunate to be alive,” said Michael Paz, 72, a hat vendor at the festival.
Paz said he was about 80 feet away from the shooter, who he described as being in his 30s and armed with a rapid-fire, assault rifle.
“He came ready to shoot because he was wearing a protective vest,” Paz said. “He was shooting left; he was shooting right without any particular aim.”
BREAKING: ATF’s San Francisco Field Division is responding to the scene of a reported shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. pic.twitter.com/fyMR5ZP9r7
— ATF San Francisco (@ATFSanFrancisco) July 29, 2019
Here’s the Associated Press’s string of updates as they came in. The shooter has not yet been apprehended.
GILROY, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at an annual food festival in Northern California (all times local):
A spokeswoman for Stanford Medical Center says they have two patients there being treated from a shooting Sunday at an annual food festival in Northern California. Julie Greicius says she has no details on their injuries or conditions.
Earlier Sunday, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said the hospital has received two victims from the shooting and expects three more. She also had no information on their conditions.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump sent a tweet saying: “Law Enforcement is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Reports are that shooter has not yet been apprehended. Be careful and safe!”
Witnesses to the shooting Sunday at an annual food festival in Northern California described the confusion and panic at the scene, the Mercury News reported.
Evenny Reyes of Gilroy, 13, told the newspaper that spent the day at the Gilroy Garlic Festival with her friends and relatives.
“We were just leaving and we saw a guy with a bandana wrapped around his leg because he got shot. And there were people on the ground, crying,” Reyes said. “There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out.”
Reyes told the Mercury News that she didn’t run at first because the gunshots sounded like fireworks. “It started going for five minutes, maybe three. It was like the movies — everyone was crying, people were screaming.”
Todd Jones, a sound engineer, told the newspaper that he was at the front of the festival’s Vineyard stage when he heard what sounded like a firework. “But then it started to increase, more rapidly, which sounded more like gunfire, and at that point people realized what was happening,” Jones said.
At least five people were hospitalized Sunday at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, a hospital spokeswoman says.
Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the scene of a shooting at an annual food festival in northern California.
The Gilroy Police Department on its Twitter account issued a statement saying: “The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the victims of today’s shooting at the Garlic Festival. The scene is still active. If you are looking for a loved one, please go to the reunification center at Gavilan College at parking lot B.”
The festival is a nationally known three-day event that attracts thousands of garlic lovers. Sunday was the final day of the festival.
At least five people were injured Sunday at an annual food festival in Northern California, a hospital spokeswoman says.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a nationally known three-day event that attracts thousands of garlic lovers. Sunday was the final day of the festival.
There are reports of a shooting at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.
The San Francisco Chronicle did not know how many people were involved in the shooting Sunday.
Video on social media sites showed people running for safety at the festival,