Gunman leaves 3 dead, 15 injured in shooting at Gilroy Garlic Festival


GILROY (KSNT) — A gunman at the California Gilroy Garlic Festival Sunday has left three people dead, including a 6-year-old boy, and 15 others wounded. Police also shot and killed the gunman, according to Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee.

Some witnesses are reporting a second suspect but police have not been able to confirm that, Chief Smithee said. They are still actively looking for a possible second individual who may have been involved.

The shooter was able to gain access to the festival by cutting through the fence.

The incident started at around 5:41 p.m. at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy when police received reports of shooting on the north side of the festival.

Officers were in the area and engaged the suspect in less than a minute.

Chief Smithee says the shooter had a some type of rifle.

Witnesses say gunfire started near one of the musical acts. That witness says bullets were flying near the stage as people ran for cover.

The festival is a nationally known three-day event that attracts thousands of garlic lovers. Sunday was the final day of the festival.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has responded to the shooting:

President Trump also took to Twitter to respond to the shooting:

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