SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – A gunman killed at the very least three folks at a California meals competition on Sunday earlier than being shot lifeless by police, and police have been looking for a second individual they believed was concerned within the killing.
Some 15 folks have been wounded throughout the mass taking pictures on the three-day Gilroy Garlic Competition in northern California, a few of them harm within the crush of bystanders attempting to flee, police stated.
Police reached the scene inside a minute of the primary photographs ringing out at 5:45 p.m. and officers shot and killed the gunman moments later, in keeping with Scot Smithee, who heads the Gilroy Police Division.
A second individual, “was concerned in a roundabout way, we simply don’t know in what approach,” Smithee stated late on Sunday.
“We do not know of a motive,” he added.
Smithee stated the gunman had minimize by a fence to get into the annual Garlic Competition in Gilroy, 30 miles (48 km) southeast of town of San Jose.
Footage uploaded to social media appeared to indicate competition attendees scattering in concern and confusion as loud popping sounds could possibly be heard within the background.
“What’s occurring?” a lady may be heard asking on one video. “Who’d shoot up a garlic competition?”
Aerial footage confirmed the competition grounds apparently abandoned however with many emergency and police automobiles on surrounding streets and police in bullet-proof gear.
“It’s simply extremely unhappy and disheartening that at an occasion that does a lot good for the neighborhood needed to endure from a tragedy like this,” Smithee stated.
‘THROWING TABLES’ TO GET OUT
Evenny Reyes, 13, informed the San Jose Mercury Information that at the beginning she thought the gunfire was fireworks however then noticed somebody with a wounded leg.
“We have been simply leaving and we noticed a man with a bandana wrapped round his leg as a result of he acquired shot,” Reyes informed the newspaper. “There was somewhat child harm on the bottom. Folks have been throwing tables and slicing fences to get out.”
One other witness, Maximo Rocha, a volunteer with the Gilroy Browns youth soccer workforce, stated he noticed many individuals on the bottom, however couldn’t be certain what number of have been shot.
He informed NBC Bay Space that “fairly just a few” have been injured, “as a result of I helped just a few.”
One video posted on Twitter confirmed a blood-spattered girl sitting at the back of a semi-trailer and telling a person she had been shot within the hand.
Stage hand Shawn Viaggi informed the Mercury Information he heard gunshots and noticed bullets hitting the bottom. “I known as out, ‘It’s an actual gun, let’s get out of right here,’ and we hid underneath the stage,” Viaggi informed the newspaper, including that he noticed cops attempting to resuscitate one man.
Based in 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Competition is an annual occasion run by volunteers and held outdoor at Christmas Hill Park.
Weapons of any form are prohibited, in keeping with the occasion’s web site, which additionally stated anybody sporting clothes or paraphernalia indicating membership in a gang, together with a bike membership, can be refused entry.
Competition officers didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento and Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; Further writing by Daniel Wallis in New York; Modifying by Sonya Hepinstall and Frances Kerry