The rock band TinMan was taking part in its final song for a crowd of a couple of hundred folks on the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday night in Northern California. Close by, families sat eating, children had been enjoying, and vendors had been trying to make their last sales. Then the gunfire began.
“We ran off the stage, and we moved underneath it,” TinMan singer Christian Swain mentioned. “We may smell the gunpowder,” Swain mentioned.
Three individuals have been killed and at least 11 others had been injured, law enforcement officers mentioned. A 6 year old was among those killed, his family stated. A shooter was also dead, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee stated.
Gilroy is about 30 miles south of the city of San Jose.
The chief credited a heavy police presence for saving more lives as chaos descended on the many decades-old food festivals.
“We had many officers in the park at the time this occurred … which accounts for really, very fast response time,” Smithee stated.
Victims whose circumstances ranged from fair to serious have been transported to area hospitals, hospital officers stated.
Witnesses reported seeing a second person who has not yet been recognized or found. Authorities have not but determined how the second individual was concerned, Smithee stated.
A manhunt is underway for that second suspect, the leader mentioned.