Panic and horror soon engulfed a local food festival in Northern California as a gunman opened fire killing three people and wounding an additional fifteen others. We do have confirmation that a six-year-old boy is one of the three fatalities. The incident occurred at a Garlic Festival in Gilroy. The gunman is reported dead. The FBI and ATF are on the scene investigating the incident as well (via Fox News):
At least one gunman opened fire Sunday at Northern California’s Gilroy Garlic Festival, killing at least three and injuring 15, before being fatally shot by police stationed nearby who responded in less than a minute after the initial shot was fired, a police official said.
The shooting rampage began at 5:41 p.m. on the north side of the festival, Chief of Police Scot Smithee said at a press conference late Sunday.
One witness told KTVU that he heard what he believed was 30 rounds. Some witnesses said the gunman was in army fatigues.
The San Francisco Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was responding to the scene, officials said. Smithee said dozens of officers are at the scene investigating.
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."
Law Enforcement is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Reports are that shooter has not yet been apprehended. Be careful and safe!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019
BREAKING: A 6-year-old boy is among at least three people killed after two gunmen open fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, according to the boy's family members - KNTV— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) July 29, 2019
This is Steven Romero, 6 yrs old killed in today’s shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. His mother and other family members were also injured in today’s shooting, being treated at the same hospital via @janellewang @nbcbayarea pic.twitter.com/0HWkktGlq4— Rob Mayeda (@RobMayeda) July 29, 2019
At least four people, including the suspect, have died, and at least 15 have been injured after the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival Sunday, says police chief https://t.co/WGMjpfyXpP pic.twitter.com/fPdHVJXk9h— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 29, 2019
Terrifying moments at the @GilroyGarlicFes as gunshots rang out. Live continuing coverage on the active shooter investigation here: https://t.co/M0nq5qJIGe #gilroy #garlicfestival pic.twitter.com/xzshRuJJsZ— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) July 29, 2019
Witness line and family reunification line: 408-846-0583.— Gilroy Police (@GilroyPD) July 29, 2019
If you saw something today please call that number immediately.
Please keep the main GPD line for emergencies only.
Media please do not call that line. A media line will be posted soon.
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
A survivor of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting in California says he heard “two shots” ring out at the same time the music started for a concert at the event, “So I thought it was, like, an opening act for the concert.” https://t.co/WGMjpfyXpP pic.twitter.com/4TCkh4HQRq— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 29, 2019
“As soon as the gunfire started, everybody scattered and people were yelling for their kids,” recounts a survivor of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting in California. https://t.co/WGMjpfyXpP pic.twitter.com/tmk86F0Vz6— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 29, 2019
We’ll keep you updated.
The anti-gun crowd is definitely going to chime in...and they have
Every time a mass shooting happens it's like a Linked-In alert for Shannon Watts.— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 29, 2019