People running at an annual food festival in Northern California

At least 4 dead, including suspected gunman, at California festival shooting

Fifteen other people are believed to be wounded after a suspect opened fire at an annual food festival southeast of San Francisco; witnesses reported seeing a second suspect, but it is unclear whether that person opened fire

Four people were killed, including a suspected gunman, and 15 others injured Sunday after a shooting that sent panicked people running at an annual food festival in Northern California, according to a city official.



The shooting occurred during the three-day celebration featuring food, cooking competitions and music that attracts more than 100,000 people. Sunday was the final day of this year's event. Gilroy Councilman Dion Bracco said the number of dead and injured is a preliminary figure.


People running at an annual food festival in Northern California
People running at an annual food festival in Northern California


Witnesses reported seeing a second suspect, but it was unclear whether that person opened fire. Witnesses also said there was confusion and panic as shots rang out at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in the city of 50,000 located about 80 miles (176 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco.


The band Tin Man was just starting an encore when shots rang out.


Singer Jack van Breen said he saw a man wearing a green shirt and grayish handkerchief around his neck fire into the food area with what looked like an assault rifle.


Van Breen and other members of the band dove under the stage. Van Breen says he heard someone shout: "Why are you doing this? "and the reply: "because I'm really angry. "


His bandmate Vlad Malinovsky from Walnut Creek, California, said he heard a lot of shots and then it stopped. Later, law enforcement came by and told the band members and others hiding with them to come out with their hands up.


Stanford Medical Center has two patients being treated from the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, spokeswoman Julie Greicius said.


She had no details on their injuries or conditions. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center received five victims, spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said. She also had no information on their conditions.


Gilroy Garlic Festival  (Photo: AP)
Gilroy Garlic Festival (Photo: AP)


Evenny Reyes of Gilroy, 13, told the newspaper that she spent the day at the 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 said 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.


Natalie Martinez, a Gilroy Resident, told the Mercury News that she had gone to get food and separated from her two daughters. "I ran to find the girls . and we basically ran into each other. I thought, We're open prey. It was awful."


Video first posted on social media sites about 5:30pm showed people running for safety at the festival.


Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene of the shooting.


Police arrives at the scene of shooting (Photo: AP)
Police arrives at the scene of shooting (Photo: AP)


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."


President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting Sunday night. "Law Enforcement is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Reports are that shooter has not yet been apprehended. Be careful and safe!" he wrote.


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