By Martha Mendoza and Michael Balsamo
GILROY, Calif. — Three people were killed and 12 others injured after a shooting at an annual festival in Northern California.
Gilroy Councilman Dion Bracco told The Associated Press those are preliminary figures following Sunday's shooting.
Witnesses reported confusion and panic as shots rang out at the
Gilroy Garlic Festival in the city of 50,000 located about 80 miles (176
kilometers) southeast of San Francisco.
The shooting occurred
during the annual garlic festival, a three-day celebration featuring
food, cooking competitions and music that attracts more than 100,000
people. Sunday was the final day of this year's event
Medical Center has two patients being treated from the shooting at the
Gilroy Garlic Festival, spokeswoman Julie Greicius said. She had no
details on their injuries or conditions. Santa Clara Valley Medical
Center received five victims, spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said. She also had
no information on their conditions.
Evenny Reyes of Gilroy, 13, told the newspaper that she spent the day at the festival with her friends and relatives.
were just leaving and we saw a guy with a bandana wrapped around his
leg because he got shot. And there were people on the ground, crying,"
Reyes said. "There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were
throwing tables and cutting fences to get out."
Reyes said that
she didn't run at first because the gunshots sounded like fireworks. "It
started going for five minutes, maybe three. It was like the movies —
everyone was crying, people were screaming."
Todd Jones, a sound
engineer, told the newspaper that he was at the front of the festival's
Vineyard stage when he heard what sounded like a firework. "But then it
started to increase, more rapidly, which sounded more like gunfire, and
at that point people realized what was happening," Jones said.
Martinez, a Gilroy Resident, told the Mercury News that she had gone to
get food and got separated from her two daughters. "I ran to find the
girls and we basically ran into each other. I thought, we're open prey.
It was awful."
Video first posted on social media sites about 5:30 p.m. showed people running for safety at the festival.
Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the scene of the shooting.
Gilroy Police Department on its Twitter account issued a statement
saying: "The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the
victims of today's shooting at the Garlic Festival. The scene is still
active. If you are looking for a loved one, please go to the
reunification center at Gavilan College at parking lot B."
Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting Sunday night. "Law Enforcement
is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Reports are that
shooter has not yet been apprehended. Be careful and safe!" he wrote.