Martha Mendoza and Mike Balsamo , The Related Press
Printed Sunday, July 28, 2019 10:47PM EDT
Final Up to date Monday, July 29, 2019 12:49AM EDT

GILROY, Calif. — Three folks have been killed and 12 others injured Sunday after a taking pictures that despatched panicked folks operating at an annual meals pageant in Northern California, in response to a metropolis official.

The taking pictures occurred throughout the three-day celebration that includes meals, cooking competitions and music that pulls greater than 100,000 folks. Sunday was the ultimate day of this 12 months’s occasion. Gilroy Councilman Dion Bracco advised The Related Press the variety of useless and injured is a preliminary determine.

Witnesses reported confusion and panic as photographs rang out on the Gilroy Garlic Competition within the metropolis of 50,000 situated about 80 miles (176 kilometres) southeast of San Francisco.

The band Tin Man was simply beginning an encore when photographs rang out.

Singer Jack van Breen mentioned he noticed a person sporting a inexperienced shirt and grayish handkerchief round his neck fireplace into the meals space with what regarded like an assault rifle.

Van Breen and different members of the band dove below the stage. Van Breen says he heard somebody shout: “Why are you doing this? “and the reply: “because I’m really angry. “

His bandmate Vlad Malinovsky from Walnut Creek, California, mentioned he heard plenty of photographs after which it stopped. Later, regulation enforcement got here by and advised the band members and others hiding with them to come back out with their palms up.

Stanford Medical Middle has two sufferers being handled from the taking pictures on the Gilroy Garlic Competition, spokeswoman Julie Greicius mentioned. She had no particulars on their accidents or situations. Santa Clara Valley Medical Middle obtained 5 victims, spokeswoman Pleasure Alexiou mentioned. She additionally had no data on their situations.

Evenny Reyes of Gilroy, 13, advised the newspaper that she spent the day on the pageant along with her associates and kin.

“We 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 mentioned. “There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out.”

Reyes mentioned that she did not run at first as a result of the gunshots gave the impression of 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, advised the newspaper that he was on the entrance of the pageant’s Winery stage when he heard what gave the impression of 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 mentioned.

Natalie Martinez, a Gilroy Resident, advised the Mercury Information that she had gone to get meals and 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 websites about 5:30 p.m. confirmed folks operating for security on the pageant.

Brokers from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the scene of the taking pictures.

The Gilroy Police Division on its Twitter account issued a press release 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 centre at Gavilan College at parking lot B.”

President Donald Trump tweeted concerning the taking pictures Sunday evening. “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.

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Balsamo reported from Washington, D.C.

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