California Garlic Festival shooting: Police confirms multiple casualties

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  • July 31, 2019
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People run as an active shooter was reported at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, south of San Jose, California

At least four persons are confirmed dead and 7 injured in a shooting at a California food festival on Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said, amid reports that the casualty toll could be higher.

Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, said she did not believe that the shooter was among those hurt.

A city councilman, Dion Bracco, earlier told The New York Times three people were killed and 12 injured in the shooting on the last day of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, an annual three-day event south of San Jose. Bracco said one suspect was in custody.

“The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the victims of today’s shooting at the Garlic Festival,” the local police department tweeted.

The shooting took place at one of the largest food festivals in the country, which is held about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Jose.

NBC News quoted a witness named Julissa Contreras as saying a white man in his 30s carried out the shooting with a rifle.

“I could see him shooting in just every direction. He wasn’t aiming at anyone specifically. It was just left to right, right to left,” Contreras said, according to NBC.

“Grateful to first responders who are on the scene in Gilroy and keeping those injured by such senseless violence in my thoughts,” Senator Kamala Harris, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, wrote on Twitter.

Shootings are a frequent occurrence in the United States, but despite the scale of the gun violence problem in the country, efforts to address it legislatively have long been largely deadlocked at the federal level.