Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: 3 reportedly killed at annual food festival in northern California
At least three people were killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival after a shooter opened fire on people attending the annual food festival in northern California.
Though it couldn't be confirmed if there was any suspect in custody Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County Public Health System revealed that at least 11 people were transported to two hospitals in fair to critical condition.
The shooting occurred at about 5:30 p.m on the final day of the three-day celebration featuring food, cooking competitions and music that attracts more than 100,000 people. An eyewitness Julissa Contreras, told NBC Bay Area that she saw a white man in his early to mid-30s firing a rifle that was "able to shoot three to four shots a second."
"It was just rapid firing," she said. "I could see him shooting in just every direction. He wasn't aiming at anyone specifically. It was just left to right, right to left."
She added: "He definitely was prepared for what he was doing."
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 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. #GilroyActiveshooter