Wednesday, 20 October 2021

At least four dead in California food festival shooting

CALIFORNIA: At least four people were killed, including a suspected gunman, and several others were injured after shooting at a food festival in California on Sunday. A video posted on social media showed people running for cover as shots were heard in the background, a Reuters report said.

Fifteen more were injured, including some who suffered gunshot wounds, although the number of those shot was not immediately clear, said police chief Scot Smithee. The gunman appeared to have cut through a fence to get into the annual Garlic Festival. He may have had one accomplice, Smithee added.

“It’s just incredibly sad and disheartening that at an event that does so much good the community had to suffer from a tragedy like this,” said Smithee.

Police and ambulances raced to the spot and the injured were rushed to the hospital. Earlier, NBC Bay Area reported that ambulance crews were told 11 people were “down” after the shooting on the last day of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, an annual three-day event south of San Jose.

Dion Bracco, a local city councilman, told The New York Times three people were killed and 12 injured in the shooting. However, he did not know if the 12 injured included the three fatalities, the newspaper said. One suspect was in custody, Bracco said.

Another witness said he saw many people on the ground, but could not be sure how many may have been shot and how many were trying to protect themselves.

Evenny Reyes, 13, told the San Jose Mercury News that at first she thought the gunfire was fireworks. But then she saw someone with a wounded leg. “We were just leaving and we saw a guy with a bandana wrapped around his leg because he got shot,” Reyes told the newspaper. “There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out.”

A video posted on social media showed festival attendees running in fear and confusion as gunshots could be heard in the background.
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“What’s going on?” a woman can be heard asking on one video. “Who’d shoot up a garlic festival?”

Another video posted on Twitter showed a blood-spattered woman sitting in the back of a semi-trailer and telling a man she had been shot in the hand.

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