Police responded to reports of a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, authorities said.
Details were not immediately available, but videos from the scene showed people running and screaming.
Police are responding to reports of a shooting incident at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday evening. https://t.co/lLXmWdUuX2
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“Please pray everyone. Random shooters started shooting everywhere,” one person tweeted. “One boy is dead so far and others injured. We’re still waiting while they find them.”
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Ambulance crews were told 11 people were down in an active shooter incident at Gilroy’s Christmas Hill Park, NBC Bay Area reported. Local media reported at least several injuries. The Times could not confirm those reports.
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
— Gilroy Police (@GilroyPD) July 29, 2019
There were also several reports on social media about multiple injuries.
“Scariest moments of my life at the Gilroy garlic festival,” one person tweeted. “I hope everyone made it out okay.”
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
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Another witness, Maximo Rocha, told the TV station he saw a number of people on the ground, but he wasn’t sure how may have been shot and how many were simply trying to shield themselves.
BREAKING: ATF responding to mass shooting at Food Festival in Gilroy, California – https://t.co/LmTR5aAhiZ
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He said that “quite a few” of them were injured in some fashion, “because I helped a few.”
Video: The moment gunshots were fired at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. pic.twitter.com/JtAtW0ACYK
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Founded in 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Festival bills itself as “the world’s greatest summer food festival.” The three-day event, held at Christmas Hill Park in the town southeast of San Jose, is hosted by community volunteers and raises money for local schools, charities and nonprofit organizations.
The festival attracts tens of thousands of people every year to the Santa Clara County town of 48,000.
We are monitoring reports of an active shooter situation w/ casualties at the annual Garlic Festival in the small city of Gilroy. A weekend dedicated to fun, friends & family has been tragically marked by a senseless act of violence. Our thoughts & prayers are with all affected.
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