Gilroy Garlic festival – Hunt for at least one active gunman after ’60 injured’ in mass shooting at California family event

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A MASS shooting at a food festival in California has reportedly left 60 injured, with cops warning at least one gunman is still on the loose.

Rapid gunfire rang out at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, held south of San Jose, sparking a stampede of terrified families on Sunday afternoon.

A mass shooting at a food festival in California has left at least 11 people injured
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Cops warned at least one gunman was still on the loose hours after the shooting
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Injured festival-goers were seen being carried by emergency workers
Injured festival-goers were seen being carried by emergency workers

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Cops warned there is still an “active shooter situation” at 7.30pm local time – but it not yet clear how many gunmen were involved.

Witnesses have described seeing a shooter dressed in camouflage gear and spraying bullets from a semi-automatic rifle.

NBC Bay Area initially reported that ambulance crews were told 11 people “were down” after the shooting which started before 5.30pm local time.

But a central coast police officer has since told KSBW that as many as 60 were injured in the shooting.

Donald Trump warned people in the area in be “careful and safe” amid reports a shooter has not yet been caught.

Julissa Contreras, who was caught up in the shooting, said one gunman fired 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.

“He definitely was prepared for what he was doing.”

Witness Terry McSweeney added: “He pulled out a semi-automatic rifle and starred shooting at everyone.

“He was shooting right to left.”

‘SCARIEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE’

“Scariest moments of my life at the Gilroy garlic festival,” one person tweeted. “I hope everyone made it out okay.”

Evenny Reyes, 13, told the San Jose Mercury News that she first thought the sound of gunfire was fireworks.

But then she then saw a man with a wounded leg.

“We were just leaving and we saw a guy with a bandana wrapped around his leg because he got shot,” she said.

“There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out.”

Maximo Rocha, a volunteer with the Gilroy Browns youth football team, said he saw many people on the ground, but he could not be sure how many may have been shot.

He told NBC Bay Area that “quite a few” were injured, “because I helped a few.”

‘THOUGHT SHOTS WERE FIREWORKS’

Todd Jones, a sound engineer, 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 realised what was happening,” said Mr Jones.

Footage shows families fleeing in terror as loud popping sounds can be heard in the background.

“What’s going on?” a woman can be heard asking on one video. “Who’d shoot up a garlic festival?”

One witness revealed he was on his way out of the festival when he felt a bullet pass by his head.

When he turned around, he saw everyone running.

Gavilan College, located 3.2 miles from the park, has been set up as a reunification site for festival attendees who were reportedly transported there by bus and local cars.


Founded in 1979, the three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival features food, drink, live entertainment and cooking competitions.

It was held at the outdoor Christmas Hill Park, where weapons of any kind are prohibited, according to the event’s website.

The annual festival was wrapping up its third and final day when the shots rang out.

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Footage shows families fleeing in terror as loud popping sounds can be heard in the background
Footage shows families fleeing in terror as loud popping sounds can be heard in the background
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A mass shooting has taken place at a food festival in California
Festival goers ran for their lives after shots rang out at family event
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