SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – Police and ambulances raced to a capturing at a meals pageant in California on Sunday, and video posted on social media confirmed folks on the occasion working for canopy as photographs rang out.
Folks run as an energetic shooter was reported on the Gilroy Garlic Pageant, south of San Jose, California, U.S., July 28, 2019 on this nonetheless picture taken from a social media video. Courtesy of Twitter @wavyia/Social Media by way of REUTERS
Few particulars had been instantly out there, however a police spokesman stated there have been casualties.
NBC Bay Space reported that ambulance crews had been instructed 11 folks had been “down” after the capturing on the final day of the Gilroy Garlic Pageant, an annual three-day occasion south of San Jose.
Footage uploaded to social media appeared to point out pageant attendees scattering in confusion as loud popping sounds might be heard within the background.
“What’s happening?” a girl could be heard asking on one video. “Who’d shoot up a garlic pageant?”
Evenny Reyes, 13, instructed the San Jose Mercury Information that at the beginning she thought the sound of gunfire was fireworks. However then she noticed somebody with a wounded leg.
“We had been simply leaving and we noticed a man with a bandana wrapped round his leg as a result of he bought shot,” Reyes instructed the newspaper. “There was a bit of child harm on the bottom. Folks had been throwing tables and chopping 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 he couldn’t be certain what number of could have been shot and what number of had been making an attempt to guard themselves.
He instructed NBC Bay Space that “fairly just a few” had been injured, “as a result of I helped just a few.”
Based in 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Pageant options meals, drink, stay leisure and cooking competitions. It says it’s hosted by volunteers and describes itself because the world’s best summer season meals pageant.
It was being held on the out of doors Christmas Hill Park, the place weapons of any form are prohibited, in response to the occasion’s web site.
To supply a protected, family-friendly environment, it stated, entry was refused to anybody sporting clothes or paraphernalia indicating membership in a gang, together with a bike membership.
Pageant officers didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Gilroy is about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of San Jose.
Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Modifying by Sonya Hepinstall