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Gunman Dead After Mass Shooting at Garlic Festival

3 killed, 15 hurt in Gilroy shooting, authorities say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2019 11:10 PM CDT
Updated Jul 29, 2019 6:33 AM CDT
Police officers escort people from Christmas Hill Park following a deadly shooting during the Gilroy Garlic Festival, in Gilroy, Calif., on Sunday, July 28, 2019.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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(Newser) – Three people were killed and at least 15 others injured in a mass shooting Sunday at one of America's biggest food festivals, authorities say. Witnesses say a white man in his 30s opened fire with an assault rifle around 5:30pm at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in northern California. Julissa Contreras tells NBC that the man "was just rapid firing." "I could see him shooting in just every direction," she says. "He wasn't aiming at anyone specifically." Gilroy Chief of Police Scot Smithee said Sunday night that police arrived on the scene a minute after shots rang out and the suspect was then shot and killed, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. He said officers are still searching the area because some witnesses reported the shooter had an accomplice, perhaps an unarmed one. Police say the gunman cut through a fence near the parking area to avoid security.

A 6-year-old boy is believed to be among the deceased victims. Evenny Reyes, 13, says there was confusion and panic at the scene. "There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out," she tells the San Jose Mercury News. Reyes and other witnesses say they didn't run at first because the shots sounded like fireworks. President Trump tweeted about the shooting Sunday night, urging people to "be careful and safe." Gilroy, about 80 miles southeast of San Francisco, is dubbed the "Garlic Capital of the World," the AP reports. The three-day annual garlic festival attracts more than 100,000 people.

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